A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are digested.
The AspireAssist system consists of a thin tube implanted in the stomach, connecting to an outside port on the skin of the belly. About 30 minutes after finishing a meal, users connect the port to an external device, which drains some of the recently-consumed food into the toilet.
Here’s how it works:
We’re all for people getting healthier and feeling better about themselves… But this feels like too much.
The manufacturer says its system removes about 30 percent of food stored in the stomach before it begins causing weight gain.
It’s the latest in a series of new options for millions of obese Americans who have been unable to lose weight via more traditional methods. About 38 percent of all U.S. adults are obese.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.