A new weight-loss device aims to help obese people lose weight by sucking food out of the stomach before it’s digested.
The new bariatric device, developed by AspireAssist, consists of a thin silicone A-Tube, a ‘Skin Port’ a handheld component that sucks ‘aspirated’ food from the body, and a bag, which is filled with water to helps regulate the system.
For the system to work the patient must undergo minimally invasive surgery to implant the A-Tube in the stomach and the Skin Port in the abdomen.
With the device implanted the patient can empty a portion of the food from their stomach in a process the company call’s ‘aspiration.’
The liquefied, but undigested food, can be extracted in 5-10 minutes and directly drained into the toilet, and since the Aspirator only extracts 30 percent of the food the body still gets the nutrient it needs.
AspireAssist was created by Segway inventor Dean Kamen and a team of bariatricians. The device is already available in some parts of Europe but the team is still working to receive FDA approval for the US market.
Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery
This is a life-changing decision. Laparoscopic approaches offer the same potentially life-saving results as traditional open weight loss surgery–but with significantly less pain and fewer complications, such as wound infections and hernias. Patients typically return home two to four days after their surgery and usually return to work and other activities significantly earlier than they would after traditional weight loss surgery.
Weight reduction surgery, known as bariatric surgery, is group of surgery for people who are obese and significantly overweight. They have attempted unsuccessfully to lose weight by a structured diet program for at least six months. A body mass index (BMI) of 32 or greater is usually an indication for the surgery. If you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea, a BMI of 32 is equivalent (other factors are required to determine candidacy).
Benefits of Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y
Traditional or open weight loss surgery requires a single large incision. The incision extends from from the lower edge of the breast down to the belly button. The incision varies in length but is usually around 14 inches long. The minimally invasive laparoscopic technique only requires 5 small incision; each on 1/4 of an inch in length.
The surgery begins by the laparoscopic surgeon inserting a thin fiber optic video camer through a 10mm incision in the middle of the abdomen. The bariatric surgeon will then insert surgical instruments through the additional incision to conduct the actual surgery. Throughout the surgery the laparoscopic video camera displays a magnified interior of the abdomen on a multiple high resolution displays. This allows the surgeon to perform the surgery safely and with a high precision.Weight Loss Surgery