LAP-BAND(R) patients who regularly attend support groups experience considerably higher rates of post-surgical weight loss, according to a recent study presented at the 26th Annual American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Meeting.
Drs. Kathryn A. Kaiser, Susan Franks and Adam Smith discussed how the study divided gastric banding patients into groups based on frequency of attendance. Researchers then calculated the percent of excess weight lost one year after surgery.
Results demonstrated that patients who attended four or more support sessions lost significantly more weight than their counterparts.
Support group attendance for LAP-BAND(R) patients is currently encouraged but optional.