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"In treating a chronic disease such as obesity over a lifetime, it is likely that something will need to be corrected at some time in some patients.
The study shows a marked reduction of revisional procedures with the introduction of the new version of the Lap-Band 6 years ago. Importantly, those who had revisional surgery lost as much weight in the long term as those who did not need it."
"Access to weight-loss surgery in Australia remains severely limited for many obese patients as relatively few cases are treated within the public health system. We are working hard to improve access.
We have ample evidence that weight-loss surgery is effective, and it is unfair that half of eligible patients cannot be treated, particularly as it has been shown that gastric banding is a highly cost-effective health care measure. The stigma of obesity, and the assumption that it is the person's fault, entrenches discrimination against people who could benefit."
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Long-Term Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery: Fifteen-Year Follow-Up of Adjustable Gastric Banding and a Systematic Review of the Bariatric Surgical Literature
O'Brien, Paul E.; MacDonald, Leah; Anderson, Margaret; Brennan, Leah; Brown, Wendy A.
Annals of Surgery Jan 2013; doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e31827b6c02
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