There is a new obesity – weight control devise that was recently approved by the FDA that is raising a lot of questions by medical professionals. Dr. Cori McBride is a professor and director of the University of Nebraska Medical Center – Nebraska Medicine’s Bariatric Surgery Program and says Aspire Assist explains how it works.
Dr. McBride says, “The concept is to put a feeding tube into the stomach. For malnourished patients we’ve always put nutrition in. The concept is after a patient is done eating, the patient can hook the feeding tube up and pump out some of the food they just ate.”
Patient are required to go to classes and individual therapy sessions and learn healthier eating habits so over the course of a year they will eat less and use the device less to lose weight. Patients must attend these sessions or the device will stop working.
Dr. McBride says bariatric professionals have expressed concerns about this device. She says there are very few studies about this device compared to other weight loss surgeries or other procedures that include the gastric balloon that was approved last year.
Dr. McBride says feeding tubes are not low or minimal risk procedures. She says there is the possibility of leaks and irritation. Dr. McBride says, “This is essentially purging. The FDA says you should not put this in a patient with a history of bulimia and purging. But is it going to take patients without a history bulimia or purging and promote purging and is there any risk that it will transform them into a patient that purges.”