Stomach Drain for Obesity?Created by:
Last month, the US FDA approved a new surgical device for the treatment of obesity thats refractory to non-surgical forms of treatment. It’s called the AspireAssist obesity device that’s similar to a gastrostomy tube but has a reverse function. Instead of supplying food, this tube is attached to a drain that drains gastric contents after a meal in order to prevent absorption. It is said to decrease caloric consumption by 30%. According to a study, patients achieved a 12% weight loss of their total body weight. In the institution where I’m working at, we offer bariatic and metabolic surgery. One of the surgeries that I’m very fascinated with is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Those patients who had this procedure done obtained good results, and are very satisfied with their improvement. One patient even stopped her medications for diabetes because her blood sugar returned to normal levels after a few months. I have my reservations with the newly approved FDA treatment because I think it’s a temporary treatment for obesity. Unless patients will have adapt a lifestyle change, I don’t think this will be effective because eating habits will be the same since they have a drain. It also has the disadvantage of having an external device, with an additional weight to the already obese individual. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think this is an appropriate treatment for obesity?
Here is the link of the FDA approval: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm506625.htm