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Lap band surgery causes average loss of 90 lbs
Wednesday, March 09, 2005 7:17 am Email this article
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (lap band surgery) helped patients lose 59 percent of their excess body weight, or about 90 pounds, after eight years according to a recent paper from Germany. Body weight dropped from 291 to 201 lbs
Body weight dropped from an average of 291 pounds to 201 pounds. (I calculated this from the starting weight and BMIs given.)
BMI dropped from 47 to 32
Body Mass Index (BMI) fell from an average of 46.8 to 32.3.
First 100 patients, followed 8 years
This data was taken from the first 100 patients who underwent the procedure and were followed for an average of 8.2 years.
Band slippage in 17% of first 100 patients, 3.7% after several hundred patients
Late complications of the first 100 cases, that is complication occurring more than a month after surgery, included 17 slippages of the band requiring another procedure to reposition the band.
The procedure was performed on a total of 984 patients, 83 percent of whom were women.
Band slippage dropped from 17 percent in the first one hundred patients to 3.7 percent as the surgeons gained more experience.
Advice: Find a surgeon who has performed several hundred weight loss surgeries
Practical advice: If you are going to have weight loss surgery, search for a doctor with as much experience as possible. Interview a number of surgeons and ask them, “How many of these procedures have you performed?” Look for a physician who has performed several hundred of the specific procedure you are considering, which will reduce your chances of problems after the surgery.
Weiner R, Blanco-Engert R, Weiner S, Matkowitz R, Schaefer L, Pomhoff I. Outcome after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding - 8 years experience. Obes Surg. 2003 Jun, 13(3):427-434.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Frankfurt Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Section of Bariatric Surgery, Germany
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