Under twilight sedation, a small tube is inserted through your belly into your stomach, leaving a small port on your skin. After each meal, in the privacy of a restroom, you attach a small pump about the size of a smartphone to the button. The device can remove about 30% of your meal directly into the toilet. The process takes about 5-10 minutes. Because it’s necessary to eat slowly and chew more thoroughly, the AspireAssist helps reinforce healthy eating habits.
Who It’s For
The AspireAssist works well for obese adults with a Body Mass Index of 35 to 55 who have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. It is not for people who have had a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve. If you’ve had a gastric band, you should speak with one of our doctors about whether you’re a candidate.
How The Procedure Works
Our expert gastroenterologist places the AspireAssist small tube through your belly and into the stomach. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes and is performed under “twilight anesthesia” so you’ll go home within a couple of hours. You may experience a day or two of minimal discomfort as you adjust to the tube. You can then eat regular meals at home or in public, and later remove about 30% of the food from your stomach before the calories are absorbed into the body, causing weight loss. The AspireAssist is safe for long-term use, and can be removed at any time in a 10-minute same-day procedure.
How Much Weight You’ll Lose
In a clinical trial, patients lost 3x more weight with the AspireAssist than those receiving only diet and exercise counseling. The most successful patients – those who used the device regularly and also made gradual lifestyle changes – lost up to 107 pounds in the first year. Plus, we’ll partner together over the following 12 months with comprehensive diet, exercise, nutrition, and behavioral counseling to provide support and ensure long-term results.