Is laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB) more effective than lifestyle intervention in the treatment of adolescent obesity?

Updated: Dec 01, 2020
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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O'Brien et al found that in adolescents, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding resulted in a greater percentage of patients achieving a loss of 50% of excess weight, compared with lifestyle intervention. [42] In a prospective, randomized controlled trial in 50 patients aged 14-18 years with a BMI higher than 35 kg/m2, 21 patients (84%) in the gastric banding and 3 (12%) in the group assigned to supervised lifestyle intervention lost more than 50% of excess weight, corrected for age. Overall, the mean changes in the gastric banding group were a weight loss of 34.6 kg, representing an excess weight loss of 78.8%, 12.7 BMI units, and a BMI z-score change from 2.39 to 1.32. [42] The mean losses in the lifestyle group were 3 kg, representing an excess weight loss of 13.2%, 1.3 BMI units , and a BMI z-score change from 2.41 to 2.26.

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