Is the gastric band effective in patients with a lower BMI, in the range of 30 – 40? Recently, results of a five-year study which covered multiple centers, help to answer that question. Researchers wanted to examine whether the gastric band is effective in these patients. In setting up their study, the criteria for “effectiveness” was defined at least 40% of the people in the study losing at least 30% of their excess weight.
In the study, 149 patients had the gastric band surgery. They had follow up appointments over the course of five years, with six appointments the first year, four appointments the second year, and an appointment every six months after that. When they met with their surgeon and support team at these follow ups, each patient was assessed for both effectiveness of the gastric band surgery, and any adverse outcomes.
You can learn more about the gastric band, and whether it may be a good option for you, here.