Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) brings several unique aspects to bariatric surgery. It has provided a very safe, effective, reversible, and adjustable system that is widely applicable. The first human LAGB procedure, using the Lap-Band system (INAMED Health, Santa Barbara, CA), was performed on September 1, 1993 . Since then, more than 130,000 Lap-Band devices have been placed, and more than 100 peer-reviewed reports on its use have been published.
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