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Swedish adjustable gastric banding causes patients to lose 61% of excess weight
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Swedish adjustable gastric banding causes patients to lose an average of 61 percent of their excess body weight for at least 7 years after surgery according to a review from Switzerland of 196 patients. Subjects
Subjects: 196 people, 40 men, 156 women
The data was from 40 men and 156 women who were operated on between 1996 and 2005.
On average, patients were 38-years-old and their body mass index (BMI) decreased from 45 to 33.
Sample weight loss: 70 lbs for a woman, 84 lbs for a man
For a woman who is 5-feet 4-inches tall, this would be a weight loss of 70 pounds, going from 261 ponds to 192 pounds.
For a woman who is 5-feet 10-inches tall, this would be a weight loss of 84 pounds, going from 313 ponds to 229 pounds.
Band removal in 14% of patients
The band had to be removed in one out of every seven patients (14 percent).
Band replacement in 18% of patients
The band had to be replaced in approximately one out of every five patients (18 percent).
Major re-operations in 32% of patients
Major re-operations were required in almost one-third of patients (32 percent).
Minor re-operations in 7.5% of patients
Minor re-operations were required in approximately one out of every twelve patients (7.5 percent).
1 of 196 patients died
One out of the 196 patients (0.5 percent) died in the months following surgery.
Conclusion: Patients must be told about other procedures because of the high rate of problems
The high number of problems that occurred with this procedure lead the authors to conclude that patients must be told about other weight loss procedures as well.
“[A] cumulative major reoperation rate of 32% in 7 years makes it mandatory to offer and discuss other bariatric procedures to the respective patients.”
Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding vs Lap Band Surgery
Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding differs from Lap Band Surgery
Lap band surgery used in the U.S. differs slightly from Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding differs
according to Wikipedia.
Lap Band Surgery
Lap Band Surgery has fewer problems?
The studies I have seen with Lap Band Surgery do not appear to have this many problems.
Balsiger B, Ernst D, Giachino D, Bachmann R, Glaettli A. Prospective evaluation and 7-year follow-up of swedish adjustable gastric banding in adults with extreme obesity. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 Sep 1.
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