Personal experience with laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding in the treatment of morbid obesity
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The treatment of 162 pathologically obese patients by means of laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding (LASGB) is described: 112 patients were followed up for 15 months. All patients had a positive outcome, as documented by the progressive reduction in their body mass index (BMI) from an initial mean±SD of 42.6±8.5 to 32.2±9 after 15 months. Only 11 complications were encountered. The mean hospital stay was 2 days. These findings support the notion that LASGB is a safe and effective technique for the treatment o morbid obesity.
Key wordsMorbid obesity surgical treatment gastric banding laparoscopy follow-up
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