How effective is laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) in comparison to vertical-banded gastroplasty (VBG) in the treatment of adolescent obesity, and when is it considered?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Data suggest that the LAGB is associated with superior outcomes relative to those observed following VBG, and its low complication rate and reversibility make LAGB a viable alternative treatment for the adolescent patient. Nevertheless, the LAGB, or any surgical approach, should be considered only in the most severe cases of adolescent obesity that are resistant to all other forms of therapy.


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