BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding (LASGB) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure indicated for the treatment of patients with morbid obesity. METHODS: From January 1996, eight patients successfully underwent the video-laparoscopic procedure. RESULTS: Preoperative body mass index was 44.4 +/- 4.7 (range 37.9-53.3). Mean operative time was 255 +/- 73 minutes (range 150-360). Mean hospital stay was 3 +/- 1 days. Intraoperative complications were absent. CONCLUSION: Preliminary results have been satisfactory, and encourage us to continue with LASGB
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