The AspireAssist® is a new, FDA-approved weight loss device for people who want to lose weight. Unlike many other weight loss surgeries, it is non-surgical and completely reversible. The AspireAssist® works by reducing the calories that your body absorbs (by about 30 percent), as you work to make gradual, healthy changes to your diet and lifestyle.
What to Expect
The AspireAssist® involves a quick, 15-minute procedure, performed on an outpatient basis under “twilight anesthesia” – meaning that you won’t be fully asleep. You can usually return home one to two hours after surgery, and be back to work and normal activities quickly.
The procedure is very similar to the routine placement of a feeding tube. About 20 to 30 minutes after you eat each meal, you will empty (aspirate) about a third of your meal out of your stomach via the tube that your surgeon has placed. This process takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete, in the privacy of a restroom.
In conjunction with the AspireAssist® device, you may undergo therapy to address underlying issues that cause overeating. You will also need to be committed to making diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications to support your lifestyle efforts. Your bariatric doctor and team will guide you through each step of this process.
Who is a Candidate?
You may be a candidate for AspireAssist if:
- You have been unsuccessful with other diet and weight loss programs
- You have a BMI (body mass index) of 28 or higher
- You want a weight loss aid that is minimally invasive and reversible
Why Choose UHealth?
Award-Winning, Experienced Care. Our bariatric team is comprised of experienced professionals who are experts in the field of weight loss and weight loss surgery. In fact, we are the only facility in Miami-Dade County to have received the Healthgrades® Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award and the Excellence Award. We understand the unique challenges of people working hard to lose weight and get healthier. Therefore, we use a “whole person” approach to weight loss — working to address your emotional, behavioral, and psychological needs.