Obesity Surgery

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 404–411

Laparoscopic Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding: a Five-Year Prospective Study


  • Rudolf Steffen
  • Laurent Biertho
  • Thomas Ricklin
  • Gracyna Piec
  • Fritz F Horber

DOI: 10.1381/096089203765887741

Cite this article as:
Steffen, R., Biertho, L., Ricklin, T. et al. OBES SURG (2003) 13: 404. doi:10.1381/096089203765887741

Background: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a popular bariatric operation in Europe. However, the long-term complication rate and weight loss are still unclear. Methods: 824 patients underwent a laparoscopic Swedish Adjustable Gastric Banding (SAGB) in a 5-year period. Preoperative data, postoperative weight loss and long-term complications were prospectively obtained for analysis. Results: Mean age of the 824 patients was 43 ± 1 years, with mean preoperative BMI 43 ± 1 kg/m2. No intra- or postoperative death occurred in the first 30 postoperative days. Intraoperative conversion rate was 5.2%. Peri-operative complication rate was 1.2%. 97% of the patients were available for follow-up (maximum 5 years). Long-term complications occurred in 191 patients (23.2%). 135 complications (16.4%) were related to the band, and 56 (6.8%) to the access-port or to the tube. Mean excess weight loss was 30, 41, 49, 55 and 57 % after 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years respectively. 82.9% of the patients obtained >50% EWL after initial treatment. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that laparoscopic SAGB can achieve an effective weight loss, with an acceptable mortality and morbidity rate.


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