Endobarrier Gastrointestinal Liner

Endobarrier Gastrointestinal Liner – Introduction

endobarrier procedureFor those patients who struggle with obesity and always in search of new ways to lose weight without having any scars, there is a new incision-free surgery available called EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner. It offers all the same benefits of weight loss surgery, without the need of surgery.

Bariatric surgery is a great way to lose unwanted excess weight, to maintain existing weight, and to decrease the risk of serious life threatening diseases associated with obesity. In recent years, many weight loss options have become available for people who fall under the heavily obese category. However, only about one to two percent of these people will go through with bariatric surgery. as many still feel these surgeries are too risky.

The EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner may be the best decision for such patients afraid of undergoing weight loss surgery. This procedure is incision-free and provides the same results without the need for invasive surgery, incisions, or scarring.

Once an individual gets the EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner, some strict guidelines must be followed to maximize the results.
The liner is implanted and removed by way of mouth and it has quickly become one of the fastest growing medical innovations for incision free bariatrics. The sleeve creates a lining on the upper part of the small intestine along the first part of the jejunum and the duodenum. One element to pay attention to, this surgery may alter responses to certain hormones in the body which can result in changes in metabolism. These metabolic changes can lead to weight loss and can even provide a solution for Type 2 diabetes.

EndoBarrier surgery may be used as the only weight loss method or before a major gastric bypass surgery. For individuals who wish to use it as a pre-surgical method of weight loss, the procedure may also be done around other bariatric surgeries such as gastric sleeve, gastric banding, or duodenal switch. The endoluminal procedure before these other types of surgeries may offer the advantage of making the second surgery much safer, though any person considering weight loss treatment is encouraged to consult with a medical expert and decide the best surgery option.


The procedure

Endoluminal EndoBarrier surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, it only takes approximately 30 minutes in experienced hands, though depending on the health and situation of the patient surgery may take as long as one to two hours.

When the liner is implanted it is usually left in for up to three months and removing the liner takes approximately 15 minutes. There is ongoing research to discover whether the EndoBarrier is safe and effective if left in for six months.

After the procedure you may feel some discomfort as the EndoBarrier is implanted into the small intestine but it will subside after the first week. Eating too much can cause vomiting, though a number of studies suggest that the EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner shows no risk of the dumping syndrome. This can happen when undigested food in the stomach is literally dumped into the small intestine too quickly, accompanied by nausea and abdominal cramps.

After the procedure

Once the patient gets the EndoBarrier Gastrointestinal Liner fitted in, some strict guidelines must be followed to maximize the results, such as a multidisciplinary regime that may include:

√ A rigorous and practical exercise regimen.
√ A diet plan.
√ Behavior modification to change harmful lifestyle habits.

Individuals with Type 2 diabetes should monitor their blood sugar level before, during, and after the procedure.

Health Links:

BMJ – Endobarrier and Type 2 Diabetes.

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