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Mar212011

Lap Band Surgery Might Not Be the Solution for Super Obesity

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS, Belgium) -- Almost half of the patients who have elected to have lap band surgery for obesity eventually need to have the devices removed due to erosion or other malfunctions, researchers say.

Morbid obesity is a serious health condition that can interfere with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking.  It can also lead to reduced life expectancy.

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly referred to as a lap band, is an inflatable device that is placed around the top portion of the stomach, via laparoscopic surgery, in order to treat obesity. 

A new study has assessed the long-term effectiveness and safety of such banding for for morbid obesity.  Dr. Jacques Himpens, of Saint Pierre University Hospital in Brussels and colleagues, evaluated 82 patients with an average age of 50 within 12 years after having the surgery. 

The researchers reported in the Archives of Surgery that although the average excess weight loss after 12 years was about 42.8 percent, a third of the patients experienced band erosion while half of them had to have the bands removed. 

Based on these findings, the authors concluded that gastric banding may have poor long-term outcomes.

Gastric banding has come under scrutiny and a number of previously published studies have reported similarly poor long-term effects.

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