Patients who Develop Esophageal Dilatation After Gastric Banding Often Require Conversion to Different Bariatric Procedure

Researchers found 80 percent of patients who developed esophageal dilatation after gastric banding required conversion to a different bariatric procedure or had the band removed, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a General Surgery News report.

Researchers also found that the 19 percent of patients who developed esophageal dilatation and kept the band regained a significant amount of weight. Researchers looked at data from 1,088 patients who underwent laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding between 2004 and 2008. Of these, 16 patients (1.47 percent) developed esophageal dilatation.

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