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GASTRIC banding - a surgical procedure used to treat the morbidly obese has no effects on pregnancies in women who become pregnant soon after the operation, a small study has found.

During the operation, a surgeon places an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach to create a small pocket, about the size of a golf ball, which mechanically its the amount of food a subject can eat. The band, which is essentially a flexible, fluid- filled donut, can be adjusted by adding or removing liquid through an external port, according to the report published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The device provides an alternative to the gastric stapling and bypass procedures currently available to treat severe obesity, defined as having a body mass index of at least 35 or being overweight by 100 pounds.

In a clinical study to test the device in 359 obese women at the Louisiana State University Health Science Centre in New Orleans, 20 women conceived, according to Dr. Thomas E. Nolan, professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

The conceptions led to 18 full-term pregnancies, of which 14 were delivered vaginally and four by Caesarian section. Five women lost weight during the pregnancy, without any obvious foetal and neo-natal affects, Nolan said.

As reported in Business Line News Service
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