Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Endobarrier gastric sleeve eyed as alternative to gastric bypass surgery

Boston, MA
Many people who could potentially benefit from gastric bypass are reluctant to undergo surgery, but some local doctors are testing a new, less invasive procedure that may help patients lose weight.

Geri Jemlitch has struggled with food all her life, but when she weighed in a 382 pounds, she knew she had to do something drastic.

She underwent gastric bypass surgery last year. "It has been remarkable… (It has changed) my life and attitude."

But Geri also decided to undergo a new, less invasive procedure over the summer.

Doctors use an endoscope to place a 2-foot, plastic sleeve called an "endobarrier liner" in the beginning of the small intestine. It allows food to pass through a portion of the tract without being absorbed.

"It prevents digestive juices from coming in contact with the food, thus duplicating the effects of gastric bypass," explains Dr. Dmitry Nepomnayshy of the Lahey Clinic. "Right now we're seeing moderate weight loss – 12 to 24 pounds – during the period of the study, which is 12 weeks."

Researchers are expecting to release the results of the first phase of testing within the next six months, and if the procedure is shown to be safe and effective, then they will begin larger scale studies.

The new device was developed by the GI Dynamics, which is based in Lexington

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

New bariatric device: Endobarrie gastric sleeve

Seattle, WA
Imagine reaping the benefits of gastric bypass without the risks of surgery. Early results from the study of a new device are finding just that potential.

Weighing in isn't such a bad thing anymore for Barbara McMackin ever since she became the first person in the United States to get an experimental device called Endobarrier.

"Endobarrier is a sleeve that is placed without surgery into the patient's small intestine to help them achieve weight loss," said Dr. Keith Gersin, Chief of Bariatric Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center.

The gastric sleeve, or Endobarrier, is placed endoscopically through the mouth and lines the first two feet of the small intestine where it prevents food from being absorbed.

Early results from the study show patients who got the device lost more weight. More >>

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