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Weight loss surgery: Which is most effective?
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 5:32 am Email this article
Two years after weight loss surgery, those having gastic banding had lost 21 percent of their bodyweight compared to 23 percent for those having vertical banded gastroplasty, and 33 percent for those having gastric bypass.
This according to a good review paper on all types of weight loss strategies from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.
The main complications of vertical banded gastroplasty were reoperation which was required in 20-25 percent of cases over three to five years, and wound infections in 8-32 percent of patients.
Among patients who had adjustable gastic banding, reoperation was required in 1-20 percent of patients.
Mctigue K, Harris R, Hemphill B, Lux L, Sutton S, Bunton A, Lohr K. Screening and interventions for obesity in adults: summary of the evidence for the u.s. preventive services task force. Ann Intern Med. 2003 Dec 2, 139(11):933-49.
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