We’ve already spoken on this blog on various occasions about the Aspire Assist- Non Surgical Weight Loss Procedure- a treatment based mainly on the patient eliminating close to 30% of the foodstuffs he/she has ingested before the calories are absorbed by the body.
Since we began this treatment in October 2013 – being the first and currently only medical team on a national level to offer it, as well as one of the most pioneering medical teams in Europe – we have followed the development of 14 patients treated with this new technique.
Recently, Dr Román Turró from Hospital Quirón Teknon (Barcelona-Spain) presented the first results based on our experience to other obesity treatment medical professionals at the GOSS Congress hosted by the Emirates Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Interest Group. We also wished to communicate these results through this blog. Furthermore, the results were presented at the recently held SECO (Spanish Society for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery) Congress.
There were 14 patients participating in the study carried out with the Aspire System. Four were men and 10 were women, with all patients aged between 37 and 69 years old, and with an average Body Mass Index of 47.9 (morbidly obese). The weight of each patient varied between 96.5 kilograms and 231 kilograms).
Participants in the study demonstrated different associated comorbidities (hypertension, food anxiety, gout, depression, type 2 diabetes, hypothyroidism, sleep apnoea, etc.).
In all cases, no complications were noted, although slight discomfort was reported in some patients after the planting of the device.
- All patients attended the planned medical follow-up programme.
- After three months the average excess weight lost was 25.4%
- After six months it was 37.4%.
After one year the average excess weight lost was 49,31 %
- The degree of satisfaction amongst the patients has been very high.
- All of them, in addition to losing weight, have applied changes to their daily habits.
Further studies are required to evaluate the treatment but, based on our experience, we can say that the results are good, therefore it can be considered a good non-surgical option in the treatment of obesity with very low risk.