with Surgical Gastric Band procedures:
From brittle bones to
depression and suicide, the true costs of gastric bands
(and - watch out Vanessa Feltz - you may not even lose
A study by Dutch doctors has found the success rate
for gastric banding might be so low it calls into
question whether the operation is worth doing.
Five years after surgery, a third failed to lose
significant weight; after ten years, two-thirds were
around their original size. As a result of
complications, a third of patients needed the operation
re- done after five years, while half needed this at ten
'You must realise this is not the final answer most
of the time,' lead researcher Dr Edo Aarts told the
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
conference last month.
Other new research points to long- term health
problems including bone- thinning, fractures, anaemia,
kidney stones and psychological problems even suicide.