Weight Loss Device Approved By FDA Removes Stomach Contents To Help Users Lose Weight

Many people are struggling to lose weight, and the obesity rate in America is high. For those who are severely obese, the FDA recently approved a device that may help those who are severely overweight achieve their weight loss goals.

The Morning Call reported that the FDA approved the AspireAssist device made by Aspire Bariatrics to help severely overweight people meet their weight loss goals. It is a surgically implanted device that inserts a tube into the stomach with a port valve outside the body. When used, the device pumps food out of the stomach to help the user reduce the amount of food consumed.

The device is designed for those users who are over the age of 22 and have a body mass index of 35 to 55. William Maisel, deputy director for science and chief scientist in the FDA’s Center for Device and Radiological Health said that the device could be effective in weight loss.

“The AspireAssist approach helps provide effective control of calorie absorption, which is a key principle of weight management therapy.”

As previously reported in The Inquisitr, obesity has been linked to many diseases, including diabetes. Weight loss is key to treating diabetes because for those who lose the weight and keep it off, it’s possible to end their insulin dependency and actually end their diabetes for good. Although exercise is good for health, and although it can help dieters keep the weight off for good, it hasn’t been shown to help dieters lose weight without changing their eating patterns first.

QZ reported that many severely obese patients turn to bariatric surgery in order to lose weight and achieve their weight loss goals. The problem with bariatric surgery for weight loss is that it shrinks the size of the stomach or bypasses the stomach all together, is invasive, and requires patients to eat a restricted diet for the rest of their lives.

The AspireAssist device gives patients an option. A tube is inserted into the stomach, and it is connected to a pump. After meals it pumps out about one-third of the stomach contents of the patients. In clinical trials, patients who used the device after meals and attended counseling were able to lose about 12 percent of their body weight compared to those who only received counseling. Those patients only lost about three percent of their body weight.

Kathy Crothall, the CEO and founder of Aspire Bariatrics said the device only removes a portion of the food because of its location.

“With this device, you only remove about a third of the food, and that’s because the device sits primarily in the upper portion of the stomach.”

It takes about 15 minutes to insert the device in an in office procedure, and patients have to make changes in their eating habits. It also requires dieters to thoroughly chew their food when eating in order for dieters to see weight loss. If dieters don’t thoroughly chew their food, they will have a problem with the device because it can’t pump large chunks of food out of the stomach.

The FDA emphasized in a statement that it was important that patients understand the device isn’t for everyone. It is designed for those who need to see significant weight loss, and it’s also not for those who have eating disorders like bulimia. The total cost of the device for patients is between $8,000 and $13,000 and requires patients go through lifestyle counseling.

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