EndoBarrier: Gastric Sleeve obesity procedure tested
Is placed endoscopically through the mouth and lines the first two feet of the small intestine. It prevents food from being absorbed while it's in the sleeve.
Early results from the study show patients who got the device lost more weight than those who didn't, although not nearly as much as patients who get a gastric bypass or LAP-BAND.
A 10 percent reduction in weight increases the chances a patient can get a laparoscopic surgery, rather than an open incision, which has more risks.
Do not confuse the EndoBarrier Gastric Sleeve procedure with the Gastric Sleeve Gastrectomy. The later is a totally different and more aggressive procedure.