What is the role of laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) in the treatment of adolescent obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Laparoscopic placement of an adjustable gastric band (LAGB) has supplanted the VBG, both because of its relative safety and because of its reversibility. Use of the LAGB involves placing a collar with an internal, saline-filled balloon around the upper stomach, 1-2 cm below the esophagogastric junction. This creates a 30-mL upper gastric pouch that can be modified by injecting a small amount of saline into a subcutaneous port linked to the balloon.


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