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Ann Ital Chir. 2006 Sep-Oct;77(5):397-400.

Adjustable gastric banding for morbid obesity. Our experience.

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Dipartimento di Scienze Chirurgiche, Università di Milano.



The adjustable gastric banding is considered the most common procedure in Europe for the treatment of morbid obesity. We report our experience with this procedure, that was introduced in our Departments of Surgery since 1993.


From December 1993 to December 2004, 684 morbid obese patients (139 males and 545 females) underwent adjustable gastric banding (AGB) in our departments of Surgery. The first 323 patients were operated with perigastric procedure, the following 361 patients with pars flaccida technique. 601 patients were operated with laparoscopic approach, 83 with open approach. The average follow-up is 5 years.


Mean BMI decreased from 42.2 to 34 Kg/m2 five years after the operation, with an EWL of 54 %. The main early complications were: intraoperative gastric perforation (5 patients, 1 of which repaired in laparoscopy); hemorrhage from short gastric vessels (3 patient, repaired in laparotomy). The major late complications were: intragastric band migration (7 patients); irreversible dilatation of the gastric pouch (42 patients, treated surgically with band removal or repositioning).


In our experience laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a safe and effective procedure, suitable to most patients, and should be considered as the first choice in the surgical treatment of morbid obesity.

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