The results form a 5-year clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of the Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System ® showed that the Lap-Band® is a safe and viable alternative for those patients who have been unsuccessful at losing weight and want to improve the quality of their lives.
The study which followed 149 patients over 5 years assessed the effectiveness of surgery and any adverse outcomes and side effects. Patients were assessed during followup appointments after surgery during months 1, 2 4, 6, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24 months, respectively in the first two years. Following the 2-year mark, followups were reported every 6 months.
Over 75% of patients studied experienced excess weight loss (EWL), combining more than 30% of their overall weight. The study also showed benefits in comorbity of 85% and reduction of diabetes by 64%.
Another benefit of the Lap-Band illustrated int he study was the reduction of greater satiation (The Sensation of Feeling Full After Meals) was experienced by patients reducing the urge for eating and preventing binge eating.
Clinical Study Article: International Journal of Obesity