There’s new help on the horizon for those who struggle with obesity. Instead of hopping from one weight loss diet to another, you may want to consider having the AspireAssist pump surgically attached to your stomach. This small external pump which has just been approved by the FDA functions as a hose which helps drain some of the undigested food from your stomach directly into the toilet.
Many of those who are obese or anyone trying to lose weight struggle with sticking to various weight loss regimens for the long-term. It seems like with this AspireAssist pump, you’ll be able to eat whatever you like and still lose weight because some of what you eat is removed from your body before it’s digested. But it does sound like “assisted bulimia” which is what some critics are saying about this weight loss pump.
To use this pump, the port valve is to be opened 20 to 30 minutes after a meal, the device then turned on followed by pumping out 30 percent of the food eaten in a process that can take five to ten minutes.
Clinical trials showed patient lost an average of 46 pounds during the first year and another few pounds to make 50 pounds of weight loss by the second year.
“The AspireAssist device should not be used on patients with eating disorders, and it is not intended to be used for short durations in those who are moderately overweight,” the FDA said in a statement.
“It is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged 22 and older who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.”
Dr. Shelby Sullivan of Washington University in St. Louis, who helped test the AspireAssist and several other medical devices, as well, says it’s a good option for the extremely obese. She disputes critical descriptions about how the device works.
Some critics have called it “assisted bulimia” but the device, approved for use in very obese patients, helps them lose on average more than 12 percent of body weight — far more than pills or most diets.
The AspireAssist pump is made by Aspire Bariatrics of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania which has a video on how this pump would work which you can watch here.
This definitely sounds like a much easier way to lose weight – eat whatever you like and simply pump out some of the food eaten. It will be interesting to see the long-term effects of using this weight loss pump. This approval from the FDA came after a year-long trial.
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