Obesity Surgery

, Volume 27, Issue 7, pp 1667–1673 | Cite as

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding in Australian Adolescents: Should It Be Done?

  • Alexia Sophie PeñaEmail author
  • Tarik DelkoEmail author
  • Richard Couper
  • Kerri Sutton
  • Stamatiki Kritas
  • Taher Omari
  • Jacob Chisholm
  • Lilian Kow
  • Sanjeev Khurana
Original Contributions



There are very few studies on laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) in obese adolescents with follow up for more than 36 months, let alone good prospective data beyond 24 months in Australian adolescents. We aimed to evaluate medium term (>36 months) safety and efficacy of LAGB in adolescents with severe obesity.


This is a prospective cohort study (March 2009–December 2015) in one tertiary referral hospital including obese adolescents (14–18 years) with a body mass index (BMI) >40 (or ≥35 with comorbidities) who consented to have LAGB. Exclusion criteria were syndromal causes of obesity, depression and oesophageal motility disorders. Main outcome measures include change in weight and BMI at 6, 12, 24, 36 and 48 months post LAGB; postoperative complications; and admissions.


Twenty-one adolescents (median [interquartile range (IQR)] 17.4 [16.5–17.7] years, 9 males, mean ± SD BMI 47.3 ± 8.4 kg/m2) had a median follow up of 45.5 [32–50] months post LAGB. Follow up data were available for 16 adolescents. Weight and BMI improved significantly at all follow up times (all p < 0.01). The median maximum BMI loss was 10 [7.1–14.7] kg/m2. There were four minor early complications. Seven bands were removed due to weight loss failure/regain (two had also obstructive symptoms).


We have shown in the longest prospective LAGB postoperative follow up study of Australian adolescents that LAGB improves BMI in the majority of adolescents without significant comorbidities. LAGB is still a reasonable option to be considered as a temporary procedure to manage severe obesity during adolescence.


Adolescents Obese Bariatric surgery Lap band Longitudinal study 



We thank Dr. Tracy Glass (PhD, Biostatistics and Epidemiology) for her statistical analysis review.

Compliance with Ethical Standards


There are no potential benefits in any form from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Grant Information

This study was funded by Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Project Grant.

Ethical Statement

Study was conducted in accordance to the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Consent Statement

Informed consent and assent was obtained from all parents of participants and all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexia Sophie Peña
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Tarik Delko
    • 3
    Email author
  • Richard Couper
    • 4
  • Kerri Sutton
    • 3
  • Stamatiki Kritas
    • 4
  • Taher Omari
    • 4
    • 5
  • Jacob Chisholm
    • 3
  • Lilian Kow
    • 3
  • Sanjeev Khurana
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Robinson Research Institute and Discipline of PaediatricsThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Endocrinology and Diabetes DepartmentWomen’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH)North AdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Gastrointestinal SurgeryFlinders Medical CentreAdelaideAustralia
  4. 4.Gastroenterology DepartmentWomen’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH)North AdelaideAustralia
  5. 5.Human Physiology, Medical Science and Technology, School of MedicineFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  6. 6.Paediatric SurgeryWomen’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH)North AdelaideAustralia

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