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Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding weight loss surgery causes 57% excess weight loss
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Patients who uderwent laparoscopic Swedish adjustable gastric banding lost an average of 57 percent of their excess weight after five years according to a paper from Weight Loss
Excess weight lost: 33% after one year, 46% after 2 years, 57% after 5 years
Patients lost an average of 33 percent of the excess weight after one year, 46 percent after two years, and 57 percent after five years.
BMI: 44.5 to start, 35.7 after 1 year, 33.7 after 2 years, 31.8 after 5 years
The average body mass index (BMI) went from 44.5 before surgery to 35.7 after one year, 33.7 after two years, and 31.8 after five years.
Complications occurred in one-sixth of patients
Complications occurred in one-sixth (17 percent) of patients.
Early complications, occurring within 30 days, occurred in 6 percent of patients.
About one-third of early complications were major, while two-thirds were minor.
Late complications, occurring 30 days or more after surgery, occurred in 11 percent of patients.
Most of the late complications—six out of every seven—were major.
Reoperations required in one-eighth of patients
Approximately one out of every eight patients (12 percent) required a second operation.
Conclusion: Lap Band surgery is safe and effective for morbid obesity
The paper concluded that “At 5-year follow-up, laparoscopic [Swedish adjustable gastric banding] is a safe and effective surgical treatment for morbid obesity. Our results appear to confirm that [Swedish adjustable gastric banding] is a safer surgical treatment regarding rate and severity of complications compared with gastric bypass and malabsorptive procedures.”
Naef M, Naef U, Mouton W, Wagner H. Outcome and complications after laparoscopic swedish adjustable gastric banding: 5-year results of a prospective clinical trial. Obes Surg. 2007 Feb, 17(2):195-201.
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Department of Surgery
Spital Thun-Simmental AG
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