Major respiratory adverse events after laparascopic gastric banding surgery for morbid obesity
Respiratory Medicine, 06/26/2012
Avriel A et al. – Although laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery has few short–term risks and is highly effective at achieving weight reduction, the authors found an increased risk for major respiratory complications in the long–term period. The obesity epidemic and the increased use of surgical techniques to treat obesity will most likely lead to an increase in the incidence of long–term post–operative respiratory complications. This entity is probably under–reported and needs further research into how to reduce its incidence and morbidity.