There is a desperate need for a technically simple, reversible, clinically effective, and safe approach to facilitate weight loss and improvement in metabolic comorbidities in obese patients. This has led to significant investment into the development of endoscopic bariatric therapies. In this issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, the first randomized controlled trial assessing aspiration therapy using an endoscopically placed gastrostomy tube is reported with promising results. Aspiration therapy is the first endoscopic therapy to be approved in the United States for use in morbidly obese patients and may be an alternative to those not wishing to undergo bariatric surgery.
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