AspireAssist Reversible Weight Loss Procedure is Approved by FDA

By: Meghan Young - Jun 22, 2016
References: fda.gov & theverge
AspireAssist may have made news back in 2013, but the controversial weight loss procedure has only now been approved by the FDA. Why is it controversial? Well, it is essentially a device that will allow people with obesity to pump food out of their stomachs. In a way, it sounds like sanctioned bulimia, hence the controversy.

Of course, there's a reason why the FDA approved AspireAssist. It is meant for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 55 who have failed to lose weight with non-surgical therapies. That's a very specific group AspireAssist is targeting. Essentially, those approved for the procedure will have a tube surgically implanted in their stomach with a port valve to attach another device. This second device is what helps sucks the food out.