Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding

Under-diagnosed late respiratory complications

Tajalli Saghaie*, Sarah Turner, Simon Kang, Lucy Morgan

*Corresponding author for this work

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    With the current epidemic of obesity in Australia, bariatric surgery has become increasingly accessible for patients with a body mass index above 35 kg/m2. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is currently the weight loss surgery of choice for its perceived simplicity and its low peri-operative complication and mortality rates. The short term complications and long term benefits of sustained weight loss with LAGB are well described but the medium term respiratory complications are less clearly appreciated. We report three cases with LAGB who presented with significant respiratory tract symptoms to the Nepean Hospital in New South Wales, a teaching hospital with a busy LAGB service, during the period from January to March 2012.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)875-877
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Chest pain/etiology
    • Obesity morbid/surgery
    • Pneumonia

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