AspireAssist: How does it help to Lose Weight?

Sep 01, 2016
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The AspireAssist is a Food &Drug Administration (FDA) approved non-surgical weight loss solution for people suffering from obesity. It is a 15-minute procedure performed under twilight sedation as general anesthesia is not required. In fact, the patient can return back to home or office within one or two hours of the treatment.

The AspireAssist is the best solution for weight loss of the obese or patients who are unable to afford the bariatric surgeries. This non-surgical treatment does not require you to change your diet or lifestyle. In order to remain healthy and keep the weight-off, you should exercise and have a good diet.

Bariatric surgery is an operation performed to help obese people lose weight. It also helps in lowering death rates for patients with severe obesity, especially when this surgery includes healthy eating and lifestyle changes after the operation.

It is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged twenty two and older who are obese, with a body mass index of thirty five to fifty five. TheAspireAssist non-surgical treatment also includes obese patients who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss.

What Are the Contents of the Aspire Assist?

  1. Reservoir – to be filled with water
  2. Connector Tube or A-tube – to be attached from within
  3. Drain Tube – for drainage of stomach contents
  4. Companion – the main hand-held machine that operates the whole procedure
  5. Skin Port – to be attached to the outer abdominal skin near the stomach and needle hole

How is the Aspire Assist Therapy Performed?

During the AspireAssist procedure, your doctor will insert an endoscope through your mouth and thread it down your larynx and stomach as well. There is a camera that is attached to the end of the endoscope which helps in producing images of the inside of your stomach. This will be displayed on a video monitor.

After this, your doctor will make a slight incision on your skin in order to slide a needle into your stomach at the location where the A-Tube is to be placed. The endoscope will be used to locate the end of the needle inside your stomach and encircle it with a wired noose or wire loop. Your medical assistant will pass a thin thread or wire through this needle into your stomach, grasp the wire with the snare and pull both the endoscope and the wire out through your mouth.

At this point, there will be a thin wire like thread entering the front of your abdomen into your stomach that continues upward and out of your mouth. Your doctor will attach the A-tube to the wire outside of your mouth by gently pulling the other end of the wire. The doctor will pull the A-tube and thread back through the mouth and food pipe and into your stomach. This will pulling and tugging will continue until the tip of the A-tube comes through a small one centimeter cut on your abdominal skin.

The AspireAssist weight loss machine includes a soft round bumper that is attached to the portion of the tube that remains inside the stomach helps to secure the tube in place. Once the skin heals around the A-tube, the tube will be shortened to the surface of your abdomen.

A small skin portion is attached to the end of the A-tube and will be attached against your skin. The disk-shaped skin port serves as a valve to open and close the tube when you aspirate your stomach contents using the AspireAssist aspiration therapy system. This helps in reducing the calories absorbed by the body. After opening the lever, the port drains out the food from the tube. This draining will continue until the flow stops.

After this, you have to lift the companion lever and squeeze the reservoir that causes the water to infuse into the stomach. Depressing the lever will cause the draining to start again. This cycle is repeated until the stomach is completely empty.

When the aspiration is complete, the connector lever is rotated to disconnect the connector from the skin port.

AspireAssist takes out about thirty percent of your meal into the toilet by connecting a small handheld device. This device is about the size of a smartphone. This procedure is mostly done after 30 minutes of having your meal.

How Long Does the Port stick on and how it helps in losing Weight?

The disk has to remain as close as possible to the flesh. Frequent medical visits for monitoring are necessary. The drain tube has a safety feature of tracking the number of times the tube was connected and it stops working after a hundred and fifteen cycles, which is about five to six weeks of the therapy. The patients must visit the doctor to get a replacement part for the device to continue the therapy. This therapy actually forces the patients to eat slower for better aspiration after consuming the meal. It changes the way people eat and help them chew their food well. Additionally, it helps to drain out the undigested food that helps in over-building calories.

What are the Side Effects?

The side effects can include occasional indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea.

Results by Aspire Assist

The FDA reviewed the results from a clinical trial of one hundred and eleven patients who had been undergoing the AspireAssist Therapy along with the lifestyle therapy and sixty patients who received the lifestyle therapy only. After a year, the patients who had the benefit of only a lifestyle therapy lost an average of 3.6 percent of their total body weight.Whereas the patients, who used the AspireAssist therapy, lost an average of 12.1 percent of their total body weight.

Clinical trial results showed that both the patient groups had minor improvements of lifestyle and the conditions associated with obesity, diabetes, and hypertension.



Author: Suzanne Winchester

  • bobl07

    Hi Suzanne. I am not a big fan of diets but that does not mean they cannot be effective. I really like what the results say. It is also important that all people lead a healthy active lifestyle with a proper nutrition plan.