How safe is AspireAssist, the FDA-approved stomach pump weight loss device?


The Food and Drug Administration recently approved AspireAssist, a device that takes a new approach to weight loss: removing food from your stomach via a pump before it is fully digested. Dr. Louis Aronne was involved with clinical trials of the device and tells TODAY that the procedure is less invasive than a bariatric surgery and as risky as a gall bladder operation. Barbara Schatz, a user of the new device, says she doesn’t notice it much but says it is an occasional annoyance. (Run time: 3:28)