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    Vertical banded gastroplasty weight loss surgery only helps one-fifth of patients maintain 50% loss

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    Tuesday, June 13, 2006 3:57 am Email this article
    Vertical banded gastroplasty weight loss surgery is less successful than gastric bypass according to a review paper on obesity surgery by Dan Eisenberg and others from the Yale School of Medicine. One Year Weight Loss

    One year weight loss: 60% of excess weight

    Patients lose roughly 60 percent of their excess weight after one year.


    Five Year Weight Loss

    Five year weight loss: 30-54% of excess weight

    The average weight loss after five years is less successful and averages 30 to 54 percent of excess weight.

    “Frequently, patients cited difficulties in tolerating a regular diet,” Eisenberg notes.


    Ten Year Weight Loss

    Ten year weight loss: One-fifth of patients maintain weight loss of 50% of excess weight

    Results after 10 years are disappointing.

    Only one-fifth of patients maintain a weight loss of at lease half ( 50 percent ) of their excess weight.



    Re-operation required in nearly one-third of patients

    Re-operation is required approximately 29 percent of patients.

    “Additionally, a significant portion of patients had persistent vomiting, gastroesophageal reflux, or heartburn,” Eisenberg notes.

    Because of these problems, this procedure has lost popularity.


    Eisenberg D, Duffy A, Bell R. Update on obesity surgery. World J Gastroenterol. 2006 May 28, 12(20):3196-203.


    Robert Bell
    Department of Surgery
    Yale University School of Medicine
    40 Temple St. Suite 3A
    New Haven, CT 06510, United States
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