Updated on 6 September 2012
The EndoBarrier device is not designed to remain in the body permanently. It has been tested and approved for a 12-month treatment period, although it can be safely removed at any time. Using GI Dynamics' custom retrieval system in a short endoscopic procedure, removing the EndoBarrier takes about 15 minutes.
How was this therapy developed and how long did it take for GI Dynamics to develop this technology?
The origins of GI Dynamics dates back to 2003. Spurred by the emergence of gastric bypass surgery and growing recognition of its therapeutic impact, company founder Mr Andy Levine identified an opportunity to develop a technology that mimics the mechanism and effects of bypass surgery, but through a less invasive, reversible procedure.
The EndoBarrier device was first implanted in a human subject in 2005; and since then the technology has evolved. Today, the number of patients treated with EndoBarrier Therapy far exceeds 500; and we continue our research and development efforts to enhance the product and treatment program and explore additional uses of the technology.