FDA Approves Weight Loss Stomach Pump AspireAssist to Combat Obesity
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new and unusual weight loss device Tuesday: an external pump that dumps part of the stomach contents into the toilet.
Some critics have called it “assisted bulimia” but the device, approved for use in very obese patients, helps them lose on average more than 12 percent of body weight — far more than pills or most diets. The Food and Drug Administration approved an external pump that dumps part of the stomach contents into the toilet called Aspire Assist. Aspire Bariatrics. The device is considered minimally invasive and includes a tube that goes from the inside of the stomach to a port on the outside of the abdomen. The pump can be attached to the outside port as needed to remove about a third of the stomach’s contents at a time.