Laparoscopic Adjustable Silicone Gastric Banding: Complications

DeMaria, Eric J.
August 2003
Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques;Aug2003, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p271
Academic Journal
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a procedure that is now approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use in the United States to treat morbid obesity. Numerous complications can occur as a result of the device. These include both early technical complications as well as long-term problems such as esophageal dilatation and failed weight loss. While improvements in surgical technique may decrease early technical complications such as gastric prolapse, long-term follow-up studies will be required to determine the ultimate success of this device in controlling severe obesity.


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