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New Studies Support Lap-Band Surgery

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 6:57am

Two new studies published in the current issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, a peer-reviewed journal, have concluded that LAP-BAND weight-loss surgery is a safe and effective treatment for obese adults.

One study examined patients who received LAGB following the failure of gastric bypass and found they achieved significant weight loss at two years post-banding procedure. The second study found that laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) procedures can be safely performed in a community medical practice, with patients experiencing meaningful excess weight loss.

These two new studies support the advanced product technology of the LAP-BAND® AP System, combined with surgical technique and patient aftercare result in positive clinical outcomes. The LAP-BAND® System has an 18-year safety and effectiveness record, including almost 10 years in the United States. More than 650,000 procedures have been performed worldwide.

Those involved with the studies included James B. Ray, M.D., F.A.C.S. of the Center for Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery in Bloomington, IN; and George A. Fielding, M.D. from the New York University Langone Medical Center, NY.

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