AspireAssist weight loss, a minimally invasive procedure, involves surgically implanting a weight loss device that empties about one third of the stomach’s contents, shortly after eating. The experienced bariatric surgeons at Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates, specialize in AspireAssist and various other minimally invasive weight loss procedures. If you too have been trying to lose weight but haven’t had much success, AspireAssist might be a possible way out. To qualify for the procedure, the person should be at least 22 years old, with a BMI between 35 and 55. Dr. Kukreja will also evaluate the dietary and exercise measures the patient took to lose weight before qualifying them for AspireAssist weight loss.
During the procedure, an endoscope is put through the mouth and passed through to the stomach. A small ½ inch incision is made in the abdomen, and a wire is passed through the incision using a small needle. The endoscope is used to grab the wire, and then both the endoscope and wire are pulled out. The “A-Tube” from the AspireAssist device is then attached to the wire, and both are pulled back into the stomach and out the incision, until the tip of the tube exits the abdomen. After the incision has healed, which takes about 7 days, the patient is required to revisit to get a Skin-Port attached. It is usually performed under twilight anesthesia and takes approximately 15 minutes.
Dr. Kukreja provides specific instructions for patients to follow for the next several days, like when and how to shower, how to take care of the incision, and the meds to take. During the next week or two after the surgery, the stoma (the newly-created pathway where the tube is placed) settles around the tube. The patient may be back at work within a few days, but may experience some abdominal discomfort during the healing stage. After a week, patients need to come back to get a button attached to the tube. After the button is attached, patients need to wait for another week before they can start using the AspireAssist device.
Although complications are rare in AspireAssist, some of the possible risks include:
- Skin irritation, swelling or other issues around abdominal skin port
- Mild abdominal pain after procedure
- Nausea or vomiting
- Injury during endoscopy to the stomach or esophagus, or structures around the stomach
Start Your Journey to a Healthy Life with AspireAssist!
Don’t let those extra pounds weigh you down! Dr. Kukreja at MISA can help you start your journey towards a healthy life. In case you do not qualify for AspireAssist, we can help determine and perform other weight loss procedures to help you win your battle against obesity and related comorbidities. To schedule an an appointment, simply call 469-620-0222 or fill out our online appointment form.