Endobarrier Therapy does not work for everyone, individual results may vary.
In clinical studies, the most common complications were mild to moderate nausea, vomiting and upper abdominal pain, which are most likely to occur in the early days and weeks following EndoBarrier placement. Other risks – which are not likely but could occur – include infection (e.g., bacterial infection of the liver), trauma (e.g., tissue tears), device migration and bleeding. If there is a suspected complication, your doctor may send you to the hospital for an evaluation, which usually includes an endoscopic exam. Based on the exam results, endoscopic or surgical removal of the device may be required.
Your doctor should explain all risks and potential side effects to you before having your procedure.
General Patient Reminders
- Make sure you take 40 mg twice a day (or equivalent prescribed by your doctor) of a proton pump inhibitor daily. Do not reduce this dosage or frequency.
- Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen are to be avoided as they can cause ulcers and bleeding. Your doctor can recommend or prescribe other types of pain relievers if necessary.
- Anti-coagulant medications are not to be taken at any time while the EndoBarrier is in place, as they can cause bleeding.
- You may experience a rapid improvement in glucose levels right after EndoBarrier placement and a decline in HbA1c values soon afterward. Dosages of your diabetes medications may need to be modified by your doctor. Do not make changes to any of your medications without first consulting your doctor.
Women of child-bearing age must remain on contraception during EndoBarrier Therapy to avoid becoming pregnant.
The EndoBarrier Device should only be used as directed and outlined in the product labeling. Prospective patients and their doctors should always thoroughly read the label. The product labeling, or Instructions for Use can be found here. If any difficult symptoms occur or complications are expected, the advice of an EndoBarrier Therapy doctor should be sought immediately.