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Lap-Band procedure, is a safe and effective way for morbidly obese teens

Written By Betty van der Mark on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 | 9:54 AM

Teenagers' obesity-related medical complications improve just 6 months after laparoscopic gastric banding surgery, a new study found. The preliminary results will be presented at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Extremely obese teenagers have obesity-related health problems, particularly diabetes and increased cardiovascular risk, such as high blood pressure, said Dr. Fennoy. Very obese teens have had to rely primarily on nonsurgical methods or higher-risk surgeries to lose weight. Until now, few treatments have succeeded in achieving major weight loss or greatly improving adolescents' medical complications of obesity, she said.

"Laparoscopic gastric banding offers the possibility of a new therapy for morbidly obese adolescents who have medical complications," Dr. Fennoy said.

Source: Medical News Today