_AspireAssist: A New Approach to Weight Loss
The AspireAssist™ Aspiration Therapy System is a breakthrough weight loss solution for people with obesity. Unlike many other weight loss procedures, the AspireAssist is minimally-invasive and completely reversible at any time.
This solution was developed by three world-renowned physicians: Gastroenterologists Dr. Sam Klein and Dr. Moshe Shike, and Interventional Radiologist Dr. Stephen Solomon.
The AspireAssist gives patients control over their weight loss by a method known as Aspiration Therapy. With Aspiration Therapy, patients “aspirate” (drain) a portion of their stomach contents into the toilet after each meal through an endoscopically-implanted tube, reducing the number of calories absorbed by the body. The tube is implanted in the stomach, and leads to a small, low-profile port at the surface of the skin. Aspiration performed about twenty minutes after a meal will remove about a third of the calories consumed. The AspireAssist is used in conjunction with a lifestyle modification program, and requires careful and comprehensive medical monitoring.
The AspireAssist Aspiration Therapy System received CE mark approval in December 2011 to market in the European Union, and is now commercially available in selected regions in Europe and beyond.
Potential benefits of the AspireAssist include:
In our U.S. Clinical Trial, patients lost an average of 49% of their excess weight during the first year with the AspireAssist.
Placing the A-Tube is an outpatient procedure. Patients can often return home within one to two hours, and be back at work quickly.
Simple and Safe Procedure.
The quick, 20 minute procedure is performed under conscious sedation – no general anesthesia is required.
Patients can eat and drink normal amounts and types of food with the AspireAssist. Although patients will learn healthier behaviors over time with lifestyle counseling, no sudden diet changes are required to achieve weight loss.
The AspireAssist can be removed, at any time, through a 15-minute outpatient procedure. It is performed under conscious sedation.
Because the procedure and device are relatively simple, the AspireAssist may be affordable for patients who cannot afford bariatric surgery.
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