The AspireAssist System is a brand new approach and a minimally invasive alternative to weight loss surgery, which has been recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The system works by removing a portion of the food from the stomach through a tube before the calories are even absorbed.
For that, a thin tube is placed in the user’s stomach during a 15-minute outpatient procedure. This tube connects the inside of the stomach directly to a discreet button on the outside of the user’s abdomen. A reservoir connected to the small button on the skin is filled by normal drinking water. When the lever on the button is rotated, stomach contents begin to empty into the toilet. When the flow stops, the reservoir is squeezed in order to infuse water into the stomach to help loosen food particles. A user can repeat the process until the draining stops.
About 30% of the food can be removed from the stomach before the calories are absorbed. The aspiration process is performed about 20 to 30 minutes after the entire meal is consumed and takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The rest of the meal is digested normally.
Celia Sampol has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She worked in Brussels and Washington for national medias (Agence France Presse, Liberation, Europolitics). She's the editor-in-chief of MedicalExpo e-magazine.