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participate in follow-up appointments, up to five years afterward.
or many, the battle to reach a healthy weight is long-fought, with
“Unlike any other weight-loss procedure, the folks who keep up with aspiration
ups and downs and endless frustrations. Washington University
therapy really don’t see weight rebound,” Kushnir describes. “People who are
Physicians offers a clear path to weight-loss success through the
aspirating have made the lifestyle changes to help them keep the weight off.
Washington University Nonsurgical Weight Loss Program. Dr. Vlad
They’ve been doing so for years now, gradually losing the weight, and have finally
Kushnir, a Washington University gastroenterologist, details one
come to a steady state.”
option available to those seeking a monumental win
The procedure requires a tube insertion in a
with their weight: aspiration therapy.
patient’s stomach. Patients should devote 30
“Aspiration therapy requires the patient to be
Find out if you are a candidate:
minutes to an hour to consume each meal and
self-motivated,” he notes. “This isn’t for somebody
allow for time afterward to aspirate. Drinking two
who runs around all day. This works better for those
to three cups of water per a meal and thoroughly
who have a fairly predictable schedule and can plan
appointments at Barnes-Jewish
chewing each bite is necessary to ensure proper
their meals ahead of time.”
aspiration. As a natural result, patients learn
The Food and Drug Administration requires
West county hospital,
to recognize when they are full, due to slower
potential patients check off a few additional boxes
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consumption and more water intake.
before undergoing the procedure. The patient
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“Aspiration therapy is with you as long as you
cannot have certain medical conditions or have
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are interested in doing it,” Kushnir says. “Once
undergone previous stomach surgeries. The patient
people are ready, we do another endoscopic
must also be above age 22, and possess a body
procedure to remove the aspiration tube.”
mass index between 35 and 55. Henry, a patient of
“At Washington University Physicians, we also
Kushnir’s, met these requirements and underwent
offer a full range of weight-loss procedures and
the unique therapy.
services,” he adds. “We have a medical weight
“Henry is part of a big baseball family,” Kushnir
management clinic, as well as a comprehensive bariatric surgery program and
details. “He coaches his son’s baseball team. He’s done remarkably well with
bariatric endoscopy program of which I am the director.”
aspiration therapy. This weight loss has allowed him to become more active and
The war on weight now has a capable opponent, when you partner with
more involved in the lives of his family.”
Washington University Physicians.
Patients of the Washington University Nonsurgical Weight Loss program


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