The Endoscopy and Digestive Functional Testing Unit of Quirón Teknon Hospital has pioneered the introduction of an aspiration therapy system (Aspire Method) at both the national and European level.
Thus, the medical team has become a beacon in this technique to treat morbid obesity through endoscopy, having performed so far in about twenty cases.
The interest of other medical professionals in the Aspire Method was demonstrated yesterday during a briefing by Dr. Román Turró for other medical professionals in the treatment of obesity and whose aim was to show how to carry out the process and share the experience and results obtained by the medical team.
During the briefing, Dr. Román Turró, jointly with Dr. Alfredo Mata, member of the unit, and with the presence and collaboration of Dr. Hugo Uchima and Dr. Marta Cruz, conducted three procedures to patients with a BMI of 40 to 59.
In the interventions there also participated Alfredo Genco, Professor from the Department of Surgery, La Sapienza University in Rome (Italy), and internationally recognized for having participated in the development of different studies related to obesity and treatment with the intragastric balloon.
The interventions were carried out successfully, as it is a technique with minimal risk. Each procedure lasted about 25 minutes and the patients were discharged the following 12 hours with no complications.
Thus, the Aspire Method (Aspire Assist) is presented as an effective safe and minimally invasive alternative for the treatment of morbidly obese patients with BMI> 40, in some cases the only option for patients who by their degree of obesity and associated comorbidities are not candidates for obesity surgery because of the risks associated with the intervention.
During the briefing, the medical team invited one of the obese patients treated with the Aspire Method over a year ago and with results of excess weight loss> 49%, for the rest of the medical professionals to ask questions and obtain a practical and realistic view on the daily life of patients who undergo this procedure.
“The Aspire system involves the placement of a catheter for endoscopic gastrostomy, a technique already conducted for 20 years without incident and based on the placement of a tube that connects the stomach to the abdominal wall, to which is fixed an external device. To this device the patient, 20 minutes after each intake, connects a pump and empties a part of the gastric contents,” explains Dr. Román Turró.
With this new procedure the medical team led by Dr. Jorge C. Espinós and Dr. Jesús Turró remains committed to using the most innovative techniques to combat obesity through endoscopy and demonstrating the good results being achieved to date with the different endoscopic bariatric options that exist today such as the POSE Method, the Intragastric Balloon or the gastric ByPass Revision through endoscopy, among others, which the same team has presented at various international conferences and in the publication of several studies demonstrating the effectiveness of these procedures in the treatment of excess weight and obesity.