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BACKGROUND: Kuzmak's Adjustable Silicone Gastric Banding (ASGB) is the least invasive operation available for morbid obesity, and it is one of the more effective. Based on the know-how gained from performing more than 250 'open' procedures, we have developed an original laparoscopic technique, whose main steps are pouch measurement, limited dissection along(More)
From April 1990 through December 1992, 111 patients (80 females, 31 males, mean age 38 years, range 16-60) underwent stoma adjustable silicone gastric banding (SASGB) at the Department of Surgery, University Hospital, Padua, Italy. Patients' characteristics were: mean height 166 +/- 8 cm; mean body weight (BW) 129.1 +/- 21.6 kg; mean body mass index (BMI)(More)
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