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Obes Surg. 2003 Jun;13(3):424-6.

Quality of life following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding - the Swedish band and the Moorehead-Ardelt questionnaire.

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Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Vasa Central Hospital, Finland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although weight loss is an important immediate outcome after gastric banding operations, quality of life (QOL) has been shown to be an equally important outcome measure.

METHODS:

From 1996 to May 2002, 125 consecutive patients have been operated laparoscopically for morbid obesity at our institution with the Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band (SAGB). We compared the Moorehead-Ardelt QOL scores of the first 60 patients, operated at a median of 2 years earlier, with a group consisting of the following consecutive 65 patients, who answered the questionnaire preoperatively.

RESULTS:

The QOL scores among the operated patients were significantly better (P<0.0001, unpaired t-test) on all domains of the Moorehead-Ardelt questionnaire compared to those not yet operated.

CONCLUSIONS:

Laparoscopic banding with the SAGB has been a safe procedure, with satisfactory weight loss and significant improvement in QOL scores 2 years postoperatively.

PMID:
12841905
DOI:
10.1381/096089203765887778
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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