I am 32 with a BMI of 36. I tried diet and exercise but it barely helped. I’ve been looking into weight loss surgery for a while, but have been a little overwhelmed by my options.
I know for sure I don’t want to cut anything out of me. The less my body is changed, the better. So, I know that cuts my options down a little bit.
I saw on the news a feeding-tube-like-thing, but honestly didn’t really think it was real. But, I’ve been doing a lot of research on this website and around the internet and it looks like the “Aspire Assist” is an actual option for weight loss.
But, I’m honestly still a little hesitant on this procedure because:
1. It says that there are not any diet restrictions that you medically have to follow. So, what exactly does that mean? Can I just eat whatever I want with the AspireAssist? That seems too good to be true.
2. I’ve seen elsewhere on the internet a lot of remarks about this being “medically assisted bulimia”. I have had people in my life suffer from eating disorders and I take them very seriously. I guess I can see why people call it that…can you explain how this is not “medically assisted bulimia”?
Sorry for the novel! Thank you so so so much in advance!
Thoughts and prayers for everyone else out there trying to get through this too!
Patient Responses to the Question Above
4 years into Aspire
by: Eric Wilcoxon
I’ve had this device for almost 4 years now. I was/am part of the original clinical trial. I’m down 160 pounds, from 409 to 250lbs.
It’s not any form of splurge and purge deal. I guess you could eat anything you want, but learn in time what foods chew the easiest and what works for you. This teaches you to learn to chew your food, therefore you eat less with the added benefit of aspirating apx 1/3 of the food you consume. If you overeat, you can’t aspirate the meal.
Aspire Assist? Is it for you?
by: Cindy E
Tomorrow marks 4 weeks from surgery, one week from aspirating for me. It’s not a quick fix! You have to be sure you have time to do this.
Some doctors restrict food. I haven’t had any restrictions, but do feel like I need to cut back a bit to be successful. You can definitely see which foods you shouldn’t be eating! Good luck.
So glad I got this done!!!
I had the Aspire Assist done by Dr Shayani. I had the procedure done Dec 2016 and started aspirating Dec 21. I usually aspirate 2 times a day, (sometimes only once when life gets in the way).
As of today I'm down 47 lbs. I probably have 25-30 more to go. I'm so happy I had this done. I feel better and I feel better about myself. I'm off my high blood pressure meds. I just had blood work done and my numbers where all in the normal range.
I think Dr Shayani is GREAT and very easy to talk to.
by: Rafaela B.
I would like to know if it is possible to have the aspire assist in my situation. Im 35 years old with 1.68cm and 90kilos.
I had 3 kinds of bariatric surgery and I never got less than 80kilos. Could you please help me doctor in this case?
I am seriously looking into the Aspire procedure and program, but wonder how aspiration affects medication absorption. I am narcoleptic and absolutely require medication to be functional.
Thank you for any assistance in this matter.
Until you view the video, like myself, I am certain you will strongly consider this procedure. But eating food and then removing a portion of it from a tube in your stomach is not acceptable even for the average person who suffers from obesity.
How did this get any approval? Maybe it is based on a procedure for exceptional cases or where patients suffered wounds. As a weight lost procedure, I hope anyone who goes through with it success. Never Ever for me. Going without food I like doesn't seem to difficult right now.