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Study Supports Broader Access to Lap-Band Weight-Loss Surgery
Date:5/2/2013

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The two experts added that, "the study was funded by the device company, who had input into the study design, and all the authors were paid for their work, again raising the concern of bias in collecting and interpreting the results."

Until longer-term data on the benefits and harms of the procedure are available, the use of the Lap-Band procedure in patients with a BMI of 30 to 35 should be limited to clinical trials, they said.

But another expert supported the use of the Lap-Band in people other than the very obese.

"In my clinical experience it is in this subgroup [of less obese patients] that I find the band most effective," said Dr. Mitchell Roslin, chief of obesity surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Many larger patients do not respond to the band making them eat slower, and only have effect when the band is overly tightened," Roslin said. "This leads to issues that ultimately can result in removal. For patients that are smaller, the results, in my opinion, will be better. For those with severe morbid obesity, I find the [stomach] stapling procedures superior."

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about gastric banding.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Mitchell Roslin, M.D., chief of obesity surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Obesity, news release, May 2, 2013


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