The AspireAssist is implanted in a 15-minute outpatient procedure, is fully reversible, and does not alter the patient's internal anatomy. After 52-weeks of therapy, patients lost 37% of their excess weight, on average. Although the study was not sized to show significant improvement in cardiometabolic parameters, clinically significant improvement in the treatment group was seen in HbA1C (-0.36% relative to 5.7% baseline, P <0.0001), triglycerides (−9.9%, P =0.02), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (+8.1%, P =0.0001), at week 52 compared with baseline. There was no evidence of patients in the treatment group developing adverse eating behaviors.
"Patients with AspireAssist therapy have the opportunity not only to lose a significant amount of weight in a safe and controlled manner, but also to develop a healthier life style through more mindful eating habits," said Louis Aronne, MD, FACP, the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research at Weill-Cornell Medicine and a co-Principal Investigator of the PATHWAY study.
"With less than 1% of the 29 million Americans with BMIs over 35 availing themselves of bariatric surgery each year, there is a significant unmet need for a non-surgical weight loss procedure that is effective, safe, and reversible. AspireAssist therapy satisfies this need and additionally offers a lower cost solution to the healthcare system. Publication of the PATHWAY results should help facilitate insurance coverage," said Katherine Crothall, PhD, President & CEO of Aspire Bariatrics.
The full text publication can be accessed at: http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ajg2016500a.html
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