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J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2004 Apr;14(2):77-9.

Prevention of catheter disconnection after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.

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  • 1Department of General, Visceral, Vascular, and Thoracic Surgery, Charité, Campus Mitte, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.


In a consecutive series of 138 laparoscopic adjustable gastric bandings (LAGB) we observed disconnection of the gastric band catheter at the site of the port connector in 17 patients. During operative revision we established a new port position with a minimal distance of 10 cm between the connector and the entrance of the catheter to the abdominal cavity. Using this technique no complications and no catheter disruptions occurred during a median followup period of 25 months.

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