A new patent has been published detailing a pump that is designed to suck out food twenty minutes after you eat a meal as a way to fight obesity.
The pump was created by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, and Aspire Bariatrics as a ‘healthy way’ for American’s can lose weight without having to radically change their diet.
This procedure is supposedly far less invasive than many other gastric bypass surgeries that are available to the public. It was described as a small, 1 cm incision over the patients stomach, with a tube that is secured both within the stomach and on the surface of the skin with a skinport. 20 minutes after the food is ingested, the patient can open the skinport and the slightly-digested food can be extracted.
The pump has not been approved by the FDA but is currently in the human trials stage of testing, and the results are looking promising. However, one woman who has been testing out the pump has had trouble removing different types of food from her stomach, and has since had to remove certain foods from her diet. One clinical trialists noted that they would need:
“enhance propulsion … to break up large food”. It then adds: “The patient changed her dietary intake to avoid food clogging [the pump tube]. She avoided eating cauliflower, broccoli, chinese food, stir fry, snow peas, pretzels, chips and steak.”
Would any of you get this stomach pump if money was no option?