The laparoscopic application of an adjustable silicone gastric band (Lap-Band System, Bioenterics, Carpinteria, CA) (Fig. 1), based on a similar device introduced by Kuzmak in 1986, is gaining widespread acceptance as a gastric restrictive procedure in treatment of morbid obesity. The advantage of an operation that does not open the gastrointestinal tract and can be performed laparoscopically is obvious. This procedure, using the laparoscopic approach , has been performed in our institutions since 1992. The goals of this article are to describe both our standardized surgical technique that minimized the morbidity rate and its results.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Surgical technology international|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2002|
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