The FDA has approved a new weight loss device which allows users to drain food from their stomachs before it begins to digest. The device, known as the AspireAssist, consists of a thin tube implanted into the stomach, connected to an outside port on the skin of the belly. 20 minutes after eating, users connect the port to an external device which drains recently ingested food into the toilet. The AspireAssist allows users to drain up to 30% of undigested food before it can cause weight gain.
In early trials, patients lost an average of 12% of their total bodyweight at the end of one year. These results are comparable with other popular weight loss surgeries including gastric bypass (patients lose about 34% of their total weight after a year) and reversible banding (14% after a year). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently determined that 38% of American adults are obese, and obesity can increase the risk of a number of health issues including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Devices such as the AspireAssist can help obese patients who have been unsuccessful with traditional weight loss methods to achieve a healthy weight.