Obese people who are struggling to lose weight may have a new option, but it may seem very unusual for some.
The FDA approved a new device known as the AspireAssist. You do not have to undergo major surgery and it works by removing some of what is inside your stomach through a tube after you eat, cutting about a third of your calories.
The device is made up of a surgically placed tube in the stomach that removes food in the stomach after you eat just before the food is digested. Patients drain about a third of what is in their stomach,” says Katherine Crothall, PhD, president and CEO of Aspire Bariatrics, Inc., the developer of the device. I think that is a good percentage of contents removed that could lead to more weight loss that regular digestion.
The trial included 111 patients who had counseling about nutrition and exercise with 60 people who got the counseling alone. After twelve months, those who used AspireAssist lost an average of 12 percent body weight, while the counseling-only group lost over 3 percent.
The good thing is that both groups showed a little improvement in obesity related health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
The device is intended for adults who are obese with a BMI of 35 to 55, who have not lost weight or kept the pounds off through non-surgical treatments. It is recommended for individuals to receive counseling on exercise and healthy eating so they will make long term lifestyle changes.
The thing I like most about this device is that it is less invasive than weight loss surgery and possibly a lot less risky. Surgery does lead to more weight loss though, says Stacy Brethauer, MD, a staff bariatric surgeon at Cleveland Clinic. He is familiar with the device but has to relation to the company.
Side effects of the AspireAssist include nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation and vomiting, according to the FDA.
If you calculate the treatment, including the device placement, monitoring, lifestyle counseling and follow-up, you could be expected to pay anywhere from $8,000 to $13,000 in the first year. This is not so bad compared to the cost of weight-loss surgery, which could range from $30,000 to $35,000, says John Morton, MD, immediate past president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Insurance may cover the cost for patients who qualify which is a great idea in my opinion.
It is hard to tell how big of a role this device can play in weight loss, but if patients use the device properly and stay dedicated, then there is no doubt they will lose weight.
Source: www.fda.gov “FDA approves AspireAssist obesity device” June 14, 2016
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