A very different kind of device to fight obesity has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The device known as AspireAssist takes out food from stomach and flushes it into toilet after every meal.
This device is meant for obese people who are above the age of 22 years having a body mass index of 33 to 55. These are the people who have not been able to lose weight naturally. To use the machine, a tube is surgically inserted into the stomach and is then connected to a disk-shaped port valve placed on the abdomen.
After 30 minutes of eating a meal, the abdominal valve can be opened and drain the stomach’s contents through the tube. A procedure that takes patient’s 10 minutes. The device’s manufacturer Aspire Bariatrics said that it takes just 15 minutes to insert the tube and the process can be carried out under twilight anesthesia and not even general anesthesia.
Before giving green signal to the device, the FDA has properly gone through the results of a clinical trial of 111 patients treated with AspireAssist and lifestyle therapy. On an average, AspireAssist patient had lost around 12.1% of their total body weight in a year than 3.6% for the control patients.
Both the groups have witnessed improvements in the case of obesity-related conditions like diabetes. William Maisel, deputy director for science and chief scientist in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health said, “The AspireAssist approach helps provide effective control of calorie absorption, which is a key principle of weight management therapy”.
Along with this Maisel also mentioned that patients should also include other measures as well like healthier eating rather than completely depending on the device.