Sunday, December 23, 2012

gastrointestinal liner - or endo barrier

Another weight loss surgery? Oh, excuse me this is "not surgery" say those advocating it.

(Hubby says it looks like a condom for your guts!) :)

Of course it is surgery but there is no incision. That's what they mean by "not surgery". It's stuffed into your mouth, down your esophagus through the lower stomach valve and into the first couple of feet of your small bowel. What it does is prevent a lot of food from being absorbed.

Unlike the good providers who are pushing it say, it does NOT prevent sugar from being absorbed because sugar is mostly absorbed through the mouth and upper part of the stomach. They hope the prospective customer is (a) desperate to lose weight and (b) doesn't know much about the GI tract.

What is prevented from being absorbed is the good stuff, the proteins and fats (yes, you do need some fats to lubricate) but sugar? Absorbs just fine. So much for the resolution of diabetes which is not happening with this device.

If you think you've heard it all, there is more. 100 % of folks who had the "Endo Barrier" implanted, got at least one negative complication.

These can include bowel obstruction or nausea/vomiting or pain, and bleeding. You can also get a fever and "device migration" which means the long plastic tube they inserted, moves down through the GI tract. That might mean an invasive surgery to remove it since your small bowel is some 22 feet long and the lower parts of it are hard to get to. Not nice experience.

The providers admit this is a temporary device and you know what that means - as observed in Australia and places where they are inserting some of these, people tend to regain the lost weight.

So don't let the excited providers, giving a rosy picture of the endo barrier (which they are calling the "gastrointestinal liner") influence you. Likely this device is far more trouble than other procedures and not really effective in the long run.