The EndoBarrier® is a new incision-less procedure, developed initially as a solution for Type 2 diabetes although initial data suggests it also provides good weight loss. The EndoBarrier is a temporary procedure with the device removed after 12 months implantation, leaving no permanent changes to the anatomy.
The EndoBarrier® is a liner that fits inside a section of the intestine, creating a barrier between the intestinal wall and the food you eat. It helps you to lose weight by malabsorption, preventing calorie absorption along a section of the intestine, effectively shortening the digestive process.
Results include a rapid improvement in blood sugar levels, reduced reliance on diabetes medications and weight loss.
The EndoBarrier® gastrointestinal liner is inserted endoscopically through the mouth in a non-surgical procedure, although it is performed under general anaesthetic. It takes just 30 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.
Please note: We continue to monitor Endobarrier developments and clinical trials, specifically early explantation rates which were high in the early devices. We are also interested to observe the long-term weight loss results and diabetes benefits after removal of the EndoBarrier device. For now, an established surgical procedure such as a gastric band, or a non surgical gastric balloon, may be a better option for most people.