Do support groups play a role in weight loss after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding?

Obes Surg. 2006 Mar;16(3):331-4. doi: 10.1381/096089206776116499.


Background: Surgical intervention represents the only treatment with long-term efficacy for morbid obesity. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a minimally invasive operation that is increasing in popularity. We hypothesized that attending support groups is beneficial to achieve optimal weight loss after LAGB.

Methods: 38 patients who underwent LAGB between Dec 2002 and Aug 2003 were studied retrospectively. Patients were divided into 2 groups; A included 28 patients who did not attend the support groups (surgery without support groups), and B included 10 patients who attended the support groups (surgery with support groups). Weight loss between the 2 groups was compared over a 1-year period.

Results: Patients who attended support groups achieved more weight loss (mean decrease in BMI = 9.7 +/- 1.9) than patients who did not attend support groups (mean decrease in BMI = 8.1 +/- 2.1), P = 0.0437 (unpaired t-test).

Conclusion: Support groups appear to be an important adjunct for patients who undergo LAGB, to achieve and maintain improved weight loss.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Female
  • Gastroplasty*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Period
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Self-Help Groups*
  • Weight Loss*