AspireAssist News: So many people would jump at a chance to eat anything and any amount of what they like without a care about calories or get fat. A new device has come to the market with no less than FDA approval that allows people to eat without adding extra calories to their system.
The machine that goes by the name AsipireAssist sucks food out of the stomach before they are broken down into calories. The device basically works similar to bulimia signs only instead of vomiting up what you had eaten; the machine sucks the food out of your stomach tubes via a port connected to AspireAssist.
At a glance, this seems so whacky and may even be a risky way to lose weight, especially when there are so many alternatives. But before you make a hasty judgment based on the ‘ickyness’ feeling of strapping on a bulimia machine to gag out what you eat, it is worth finding more about what this machine actually does and how it can be beneficial to a person in particular conditions of obesity.
Many people fail to see beyond the words, terrifying, a disgusting or extreme invention that are often associated with AsipireAssist. However, one cannot ignore the fact that this unit has the approval of FDA, Food and Drug Administration of US.
According to the medical experts, AspireAssist is more an ‘enabling device’ with simple and quick results. It helps a person to maintain a healthy weight while eating pretty much what they like. No matter what you eat about 2/3 of that will be sucked out of the stomach before it is absorbed into the body as calories.
Sound gross, but in reality those calories that are not digested will not be absorbed into the body system and in turn, will lead to visible weight loss.
The FDA approval was granted following a clinical trial, which involved 171 patients with different levels of obesity. The findings included that this device is capable of removing at least 30% of calories consumed by a person.
The group was divided as 111 patients on AspireAssist and 60 on a standard weight control regime. All participants were put on lifestyle therapy monitored by counselors helping them with exercise and healthy diets.
Within one year of therapy, the control group marked a general body weight loss percentage of 3.6t. The 111 patients put on AspireAssist treatment had lost an average of 12.1%.
Mikael Cederhag, a Swedish aged 55 lost nearly 64 pounds after tipping the scales at 264lbs at the beginning of the 12-month clinical trial. Cedergag, who continues to use AspireAssist on-demand says, ‘This is it for me.
Finally, there is a solution after jumping up and down in my weight for nearly 30 years. Now I get my weight down and I can stay that way’.
The AspireAssist works by effectively controlling calorie absorption. According to William Maisel, chief scientist, and deputy director, FDA Centre for Devices and Radiological Health, the concept of calorie removal is an important fundamental in weight management therapy.
He added that people with obesity and weight gain problems should be essentially monitored by health care providers and they should be directed to a lifestyle program helping them to adopt healthy eating and less calorie intake.
The AsipireAssist is an invention by Aspire Bariatrics, Pennsylvania. It is a small portable device that has to be hooked into a stomach tube. It is a surgical procedure that takes about 15 minutes.
A tiny skin-port plug identical to a belly button is attached to the skin over the stomach through which the machine gains access to a stomach tube.
The device is turned on about 20 minutes after eating. The tube that is linked to the AspireAssist starts siphoning food into the machine even as you watch. So the calories that you loaded up on end-up in a small portable toilet rather than becoming fat rolls on your body!
The draining continues for about 5 to 10 minutes until about 30% of the food is funneled out the stomach. The icky toilet concept continues as patients have to flush out the stomach and system with fresh water after the draining.
President and CEO, Aspire Bariatrics, Katherine Crothall admits that the company is prepared for the initial repellent responses they would get from the public. However, she is confident that it would not take long before people would look beyond the ‘gross’ factor to see the viability of this machine in helping morbidly obese people to lose weight simply and very fast.
Observing how difficult it is for many people to sustain the kinds of changes in diet and lifestyle they have to do to lose weight she said, ‘There is so much to be said about people being in the driving seat in control of their own body and health. This machine helps patients to do just that while being under physician care’.
The AspireAssist is now available in European markets and currently in a trial stage in the US. The selected patients who have been under various weight loss programs for many years without success will undergo treatment during the initial trial stages.
There is lots of hope for the viability of this machine as it is considered as a less invasive treatment compared to Bariatric surgery. It also has the distinct advantages of being simple, cheaper and faster in gaining results.
Compared to Bariatric surgery performed on obese people who fail to respond to all other weight loss regimes the AspireAssist has minimal after effects. People like Cederhag continued to resist Bariatric surgery due to permanent changes to the body.
The surgery involves shutting down a part of the stomach system permanently. The operation cannot be reversed anytime in the future. Gastric bypass is another surgery available for obese people but it also has many complications.
Cederhag says he’d known many suffering from serious complications like throwing up after every meal for many years following surgery. ‘That’s not the life I want’ says Cederhag who is much in favor of using the pump that is removed under 15 minutes by his doctor.
Dr. Jaime Ponce, President of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has voiced his concerns about AspireAssist not addressing the issue of hunger. ‘Unlike in surgery where hunger sensations are changed after cutting down portion size capability, the patient gets hungry every time the stomach is pumped.
I can’t see how this machine gets around that’ he said. Cederhag counters this theory saying he never felt hungry after pumping out the food because it has already remained in the stomach for at least 20 minutes. Time enough for the brain to register that your stomach has been filled up. ‘The sensation remains even when you flush out 30% of food’ he added.
It is easy for the diet guru’s to carry on about dieting and exercising, but you have to be obese to understand the struggle that goes into losing even a smidgen of fat.
With obese people now outnumbering the world’s underweight population, the time is just right for us to start thinking out-of-the-box for an effective solution. Purging calories out of a stomach tube may just be the answer for many of these people.
AspireAssist has its limitations. The tube sucks out only tiny pieces of food. Chewing each bite 32 times before swallowing is no catch phrase when it is associated with the AspireAssist. If you don’t chew enough chunks of the bigger pieces gets stuck in the tube.
With the tube on many obese people may be encouraged to eat cake, ice cream, pudding and other creamy food that is generally anathema to weight loss strategies. Doctors will have to monitor their patients, ensuring they eat the recommended weight loss promoting veggies, fruits, and lean meats and that every bite is chewed for maximum results.
It is also not a device meant for those with eating disorders. Despite the similarity of procedure, it is not a bulimia assist. FDA does not recommend AspireAssist, used as a short-term treatment program for moderately overweight people.
The cost may also act as a deterrent for obese people who can’t afford the entire package. Apart from the procedure cost you also have to factor in costs of lifestyle counseling and the doctor’s charges. Then again, for those who continue to spend money on ‘no-gain’ treatments the AspireAssist may be worth it all.