No clear winner in bypass vs banding study

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) results in much greater weight loss and fewer reoperations than adjustable banding, according to a large study that compares the two procedures.

But bypass is linked to more risk of short-term complications than banding, according to a study report in the journal JAMA Surgery.

The findings are based on up to five years of follow up on nearly 7,500 patients from 10 US cities who had laparoscopic bariatric surgery from 2005 to 2009.

The researchers found patients were more likely to experience at least one major