Aspire Method - Morbid Obesity


Introduction

The Aspire device enables non-surgical treatment of obesity, severe obesity, morbid obesity and extreme obesity.

The technique, also know as External Bypass, is based on a percentage of the food ingested not being absorbed, therefore resulting in weight loss in patients with a BMI of 35 or higher.

A programme of monitoring and medical follow-up is required for the External Bypass. The objective of this is to change the patient´s eating habits and lifestyle with the aspiration device acting as a helpful tool for the patient. This programme must be led by a multidisciplinary team formed of nutritionists and psychologists with the supervision of a digestive system specialist.

The External Bypass is proposed as a long-term treatment until the patient achieves weight loss results and has internalised and ingrained the changes in their habits necessary for maintaining a healthy weight without having to restrict any of their activities.

Indications

The technique, which has been endorsed by different medical studies, including the one presented for FDA approval, is indicated for patients with a BMI of 35 or higher, who have been unsuccessful in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight by means of a non-surgical weight loss treatment without having to restrict any of their activities.

For people who are morbidly obese, who are not candidates for obesity surgery due to their comorbidities and the related risk or patients with reduced mobility, it is the only option that exists for treating their condition.

How does it work?

The Aspire method reduces the number of calories your body absorbs. After eating, the digestion process starts. The stomach breaks down food during the first hour and sends it to the intestine, where calories are absorbed. With the Aspire method, the patient can remove approximately 30% of the food from their stomach before the calories are absorbed, which results in weight loss.

Unlike bariatric surgery, the procedure is easily reversible. Once the target weight has been reached, or when it is considered advisable, it is possible to remove the tube by carrying out another outpatient procedure, which takes 15 minutes to complete.



Procedure

The External Bypass (Aspire Method) involves insertion of a small silicon tube into the stomach by means of an endoscopy. This tube connects to the exterior through an access port located in the abdomen. From this point, which is 2cm in size, the patient can carry out the controlled emptying of around 30% of the food contained in the stomach. In this way, part of the calories ingested are removed before they are absorbed by the body. In order to be able to carry out this emptying, it is essential to eat slowly, chew and thoroughly break down the food. In this way, attitudes towards food are modified, which brings about a change in eating habits.

Unlike bariatric surgery, the procedure is easily reversible. Once the target weight has been reached, or when it is considered advisable, it is possible to remove the tube by carrying out another outpatient procedure, which takes 15 minutes to complete.


Benefits

The results of the different studies carried out indicate a loss of more or less half of the excess weight within a year, in addition to improving conditions commonly associated with obesity, such as diabetes and hypertension.



F.A.Q.

The device is fitted through an outpatient endoscopic procedure. In general, patients can return home after one or two hours and quickly return to work. 

It is a quick procedure, which only lasts 20 minutes and is completed under conscious sedation: normally, general anaesthesia is not required. 

The Aspire method can be reversed any time by means of an outpatient procedure, which takes 15 minutes to complete, and is carried out under conscious sedation.


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