Gastric bands show “poor results”

People have “exaggerated expectations” of the potential for gastric band surgery to help them lose weight in the long term, according to the author of a new study published last week.

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Gastric bands show “poor results”

People have “exaggerated expectations” of the potential for gastric band surgery to help them lose weight in the long term, according to the author of a new study published last week.

The study was carried out by Dr Jacques Himpens of Sint- Pieters University Hospital in Brussels and looked at 82 patients who had had gastric bands fitted more than 12 years ago. The procedure involves fitting a silicon band around the top part of the stomach in obese patients, effectively reducing its size and making it impossible for the patient to overeat.

On average, patients lost 43% of the weight they were expected to lose, in a range from 24% to 143%. Of the 36 patients who still had their bands in place, the excess weight loss was between 38% and 58%, with an average of 48%, a figure considered disappointing by doctors. However, more than 60% of patients said they were satisfied with the results.

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