MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Gastric banding proved an effective means of treating obesity long-term, according to a 15-year study conducted by Australian researchers at Monash University.
The study was the longest of its kind yet reported, and found that the 10-year follow-up group of patients lost and kept off on average nearly half of their excess weight.
The study included more than 3,200 patients, 78% of which were women, who had gastric banding between 1994 and 2011.
"These results show that when you have a significant problem with obesity, a long-term solution is available," researcher Paul O’Brien said in prepared remarks. "This surgery is safe and effective, and it has lasting benefits. Substantial weight loss can change the lives of people who are obese – they can be healthier and live longer."
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