Adjustable gastric band safe for mildly obese patients

Physorg reported today on a new study that shows that adjustable gastric banding, commonly known as the lap-band procedure, is safe for those who are mildly obese. The article sites a recent Washington University in St Louis study called “Perioperative outcomes of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in mildly obese (BMI<35) compared to severely obese" which was published in Obesity Surgery. The article says:

“None of the patients in the study died, and minor complications, while few, only occurred among those who were severely obese. In addition, the procedure could be performed faster and resulted in less blood loss among those who were mildly obese.
‘The procedure is safe and has the potential to help many more mildly obese patients lose weight and improve related health conditions, particularly diabetes,’ Varela says. ‘These patients often have struggled for years to lose weight through diet and exercise programs and have not been successful. This surgery requires a lifestyle change – but it can help patients lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off long-term.'”

Read the full article here.


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