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Comment & Response
February 2018

Outcomes After Adjustable Gastric Banding

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, New York University School of Medicine, New York
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(2):189-190. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4512

To the Editor The article by Ibrahim et al1 concerning reoperation and Medicare expenditures for laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (AGB) is interesting, and I commend the authors for their examination of long-term population-level data in an effort to better understand outcomes. However, I must respectfully disagree with their conclusion that payers should reconsider coverage based on value and questionable safety and effectiveness.

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