What is an intestinal barrier sleeve (also known as a gut sleeve)? It is a new procedure that has so far only been tested on rats. It is intended to be a possible alternative to bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, which is currently performed on patients that are more than a hundred pounds overweight.
In the procedure a thin tube is inserted through the mouth into the stomach. A flexible, non-permeable silicone sleeve would be placed near the end of the stomach, reaching to the first part of the small intestine. The gut sleeve would work by preventing the absorption of calories and nutrients from the intestine.
If the procedure does turn out to be safe and effective in humans, it would avoid some of the inherent risks of irreversible weight loss surgery, such as perforation of the colon or death from anesthesia. Currently, the biggest risk associated with the intestinal barrier sleeve is the chance that it will not stay in place.
However, what gastric bypass, or any other kind of physical intestinal intervention, does not address are the emotional triggers and behaviors that lead people to overeat in the first place. It is not uncommon for patients that have had weight loss surgery to develop an alcohol, drug, shopping, or any other kind of addiction because the underlying issues don’t go away just because the ability to eat as much food is blocked.
People attempting to lose weight need the support of someone who can help them address their issues and move toward a healthy relationship with food, instead of just an artificially stunted one.
Effective and lasting weight loss requires a change in behavior. Sticking to that new behavior requires accountability to someone other than yourself. And that’s what the Genetix Program does best.
Change your lifestyle with the Genetix Program. Our team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists can support you in achieving these goals with behavior modification. You can do it and we can help!