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

is can be completed in less than a minute, thereby decreasing time under anesthesia. The REALIZE Injection Port allows doctors to inject or remove saline to tighten or loosen the band. The tighter the band, the more quickly the upper stomach fills up and the less food a person can eat. Adjustments are made periodically based on the patient's individual needs.

About Bariatric Surgery

According to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), more than 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from morbid obesity and about 205,000 people are expected to have some form of bariatric surgery this year. The two most common procedures are gastric bypass and gastric banding. Most of these procedures are performed laparoscopically using small incisions, which typically results in less pain, fewer complications and quicker recovery from surgery compared to traditional open surgery. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is reversible, if necessary.

According to two recent landmark studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine in August 2007, patients with morbid obesity who have bariatric surgery (including gastric banding, gastric bypass, and vertical banded gastroplasty) lost significant weight over the long-term and are less likely to die from heart disease, diabetes and cancer seven to 10 years following the procedure than those who did not have the operation(1-2). Another study published in the Annals of Surgery in 2004 showed the mortality rate from morbid obesity was reduced by 89 percent after bariatric surgery(3).

As with any surgery, there are immediate and long-term complications and risks. Patients should consult with their doctors to discuss these risks and their surgical outcomes. Individual patient results may vary and are not indicative of all outcomes.

About Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., an operating company of Johnson & Johnson, is a global leader in minimally invasi
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