FDA Approves Weight-Loss Stomach Pump For Gastric Patients To Fight Obesity

The Food and Drug Administration advocate an unexpected weight loss device for gastric patients Tuesday: an exterior pump that dumps part of the stomach appease into the toilet.Some attacker have called it “assisted bulimia” but the device, approved for use in very obese patients, helps them lose on midpoint more than 12 percent of body weight — far more than pills or most diets.On Wednesday, Al Roker, who underwent gastric bypass in 2002, said he understands the need for the pump.”You reach a desperation point, believe me, I know the feeling.

You reach a desperation point where you are willing to try anything,” Roker, who slimmed down from a peak of 340 pounds, said on TODAY.The device is considered minimally invasive and includes a tube that goes from the in side of the stomach to a mooring on the exterior of the abdomen.The pump can be attached and enclosed to the exterior  port as needed to remove about a third of the stomach’s contents at a time.Clinical trials showed patient lost an average of 46 pounds during the first year’

It is intended to assist in weight loss in patients aged 22 and older who are obese, with a body mass index of 35 to 55, and who have failed to achieve and maintain weight loss through non-surgical weight-loss therapy.”Dr. Shelby Sullivan of Washington University in St. Louis, who helped test the AspireAssist and several other medical devices, as well, says it’s a good option for the extremely obese. .”The device joins a growing list of new ways to help Americans lose weight, from carefully controlled diets to surgery and a batch of devices that make the stomach smaller in effect.“The AspireAssist device should not be used on patients with eating disorders.”Diet drugs don’t work terribly well and doctors are reluctant to prescribe them.

This new device is the first to remove food that people have already eaten before it can be digested.“Patients need to be regularly monitored by their health care provider and should follow a lifestyle program to help them develop healthier eating habits and reduce their calorie intake,” he added.On TODAY Wednesday, Roker agreed with that point: “As someone who has done gastric bypass and has struggled with it and knows even once you have it, it’s not a panacea. You still have to do the work for it.”