Could This At-Home Stomach Pump Cure Obesity?
Aspiration Therapy places a tube from the patient's stomach to the surface of their skin that lets them manually drain out the food they've eaten.
Could the latest fad in weight loss be an at-home stomach pump, that allows people to empty themselves of food without using harmful methods like laxatives or binging/purging? Designed to be an alternative to a gastric bypass, Aspiration Therapy places a tube from the stomach to the surface of the skin to allow the person to manually pump out its contents.
This insertion takes place during a 20-minute outpatient procedure under conscious sedation and patients can usually return home within two hours. Only a small 1cm incision is needed to pull the tube through the surface of the skin from the stomach.
Once the skin has healed around the tube, a discreet Skin-Port is then attached to it outside the body, enabling the patient to begin aspirating and losing weight straight away.
A U.S. patent application from Aspire Bariatrics states that this method would allow obese patients to lose weight without undergoing drastic and invasive surgeries. The procedure is said to be easy to perform, easy to reverse, and allows obese patients to live a normal and active lifestyle with fewer adverse side effects.
New Scientist notes that it hasn’t yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but in early clinical trials some patients have lost around 20 kilograms in a year.