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Cost, need for reoperation raise questions about gastric band effectiveness

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May 19, 2017

AUTHORS:

Ibrahim AM, Thumma JR, Dimick JB.

IMPORTANCE:

Followed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for laparoscopic gastric band surgery in 2001, as many as 96,000 devices had been placed annually. The reported rates of reoperation ranges from 4% to 60% in short-term studies; however, to our knowledge, few long-term population-level data on outcomes or expenditures are known. ...

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