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.

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