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Gastric bypass better than Lap-Band

22 February 2011 No Comment

A STUDY of the two most popular weight-loss surgeries found obese diabetics who had gastric bypass surgery lost 64 per cent of their excess weight after a year, compared with 36 per cent in those treated with Allergan Inc’s Lap-Band device, researchers said on Monday.

Complication rates were about the same with both procedures.

‘It’s a dramatic difference,’ said Dr Guilherme Campos of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison, and formerly of the University of California, San Francisco, whose study appears in the Archives of Surgery.

Weight loss surgery is becoming increasingly popular as obese people struggle to lose weight and avoid the health complications that accompany the extra pounds – including diabetes, heart disease, joint pain and some cancers.

Prior studies have suggested gastric banding was safer than gastric bypass surgery, in which doctors surgically reduce the size of the stomach to limit the amount a person can eat.

The study shows that gastric bypass provides better weight loss, better resolution of diabetes and an improvement in quality of life compared to the Lap-Band, Dr Campos said. He said obese patients need to be informed of the results of the two procedures, and if they choose gastric bypass they need to make sure their surgeon is highly experienced.

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