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FDA Approves REALIZE(TM) Adjustable Gastric Band for Morbid Obesity
Date:9/28/2007

rt system and a commitment to dietary and lifestyle changes after surgery helped these patients achieve long-term weight loss and improvement in many obesity-related conditions."

In the REALIZE Band clinical trial, patients reported improvements in various aspects of their quality of life including better general health one year after surgery. Significant improvement in vitality, mental health and social functioning was reported at three years after surgery, and reduction in bodily pain and increased ability to complete daily and work activities three years after surgery were also reported.

"Obesity is a serious disease, and as a company we're committed to providing more than products to address this worldwide epidemic; we provide bariatric solutions that can help people realize their health goals and live longer and healthier lives regardless of which surgical option may be right for them," said Kevin Lobo, president, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, U.S. "With the approval of the REALIZE Band, Ethicon Endo-Surgery is the only global healthcare company to provide a complete range of bariatric surgical solutions to surgeons and their patients."

About The REALIZE Band

The REALIZE Band, which is marketed under the name Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band (SAGB) outside the U.S., has been commercially available outside the U.S. since 1996 and has been used by more than 100,000 patients worldwide to help manage their weight.

In a gastric band procedure with the REALIZE Band, a soft, adjustable silicone band is wrapped around the stomach to create two chambers -- a small upper stomach with a narrow opening to the lower stomach. After the procedure, the upper stomach can only hold about four ounces of food, which limits food intake, makes patients feel full faster and longer, and slows digestion.

Once the band is in place, surgeons attach the REALIZE Injection Port to the abdominal wall underneath the skin. Using the REALIZE Injection Port Applier, th
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