A weight-loss device has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to drain a portion of your stomach contents directly into the toilet after every meal.
The device named ‘AspireAssist’, which in the simplest term is like putting a surgical band around your stomach, will now be made available to select patients who are struggling with obesity. It is designed to remove a third of what is eaten before the body completes digestion and absorption of food.
According to the deputy director for science and chief scientist at the FDA’s Centre for Devices and Radiological Health, William Maisel,
“The AspireAssist approach helps provide effective control of calorie absorption, which is a key principle of weight management therapy.”
“Patients need to be regularly monitored by their health-care provider and should follow a lifestyle program to help them develop healthier eating habits and reduce their calorie intake.”
How The New Weight-loss Device, ‘AspireAssist’ Works
Designed by researchers at Aspire Bariatrics in Pennsylvania, the portable device works by attaching a tube in the stomach, which is surgically inserted into the body during a 15-minute procedure. A plug called a skin-port sits on the skin – almost like a second belly button – to give access to the stomach tube.
A disk-shaped port valve that lies outside the body, flush against the skin of the abdomen, is connected to the tube and remains in place. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes after meal consumption, the patient attaches the device’s external connector and tubing to the port valve, opens the valve and drains the contents.
A video, showing AspireAssist, demonstrates how the device, when attached to the stomach of specifically obese patient, works.
See Demo Video below:
Clinical Trail of AspireAssist
Experiments were conducted on 111 patients in the AspireAssist group, and 60 controls. Both groups received lifestyle therapy, which means being teamed up with counsellors who helped them maintain healthy diets and exercise regimes.
After one year, the control group receiving lifestyle therapy alone lost 3.6 percent of their total body weight, while the AspireAssist group lost an average of 12.1 percent.
Clinical trial results also suggested that both patient groups had small improvements in conditions often associated with obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension and quality of life. These improvements may be attributable to the lifestyle therapy, which includes nutrition and exercise counseling.
Precautions of AspireAssist
The AspireAssist device is not to be used on patients with eating disorders, and it is not intended to be used for short durations in those who are moderately overweight. It is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged 22 and older who are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.
Patients using the device also requires frequent monitoring by a health care provider to shorten the tube as they lose weight and abdominal girth, so that the disk remains flush against their skin. Frequent medical visits are also necessary to monitor device use and weight loss and to provide counseling on lifestyle therapies.
Furthermore, patients who use it will have to make a change to their eating habits. They have to chew the food to tiniest purrie, because chunks of food will be too big to pass through the tube to the external, detachable part of the device. Although the tube can be unclogged easily with water, blockages will prevent it from emptying stomach contents.
Side Effects Of the Weight-loss Device
Side effects related to use of the AspireAssist include occasional indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea. While the endoscopic surgical placement of the gastric tube is associated with risks, including sore throat, pain, abdominal bloating, indigestion, bleeding, infection, nausea, vomiting, sedation-related breathing problems, inflammation of the lining of the abdomen, sores on the inside of the stomach, pneumonia, unintended puncture of the stomach or intestinal wall and death.
Opinion: Now the question you have to ask is, “Is it worth it? How we eat too much to gain weight and then try to loose it in one way or another.
As much as the weight-loss device works, it is important to note the price doesn’t come close to making it a better option than the bariatric surgery. The high price is an indication that the device is designed for seriously obese patients.
It is estimates that outside of the cost of the procedure to insert the device, total costs for patients—including additional lifestyle counseling—may be anywhere from $8,000 (N1.5m) to $13,000 (N2.5m).