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How long does a gastric band last?
The gastric band is a reversible weight loss surgery, which means that once implemented, it may be removed in the future. However, the idea of a gastric band is to last forever. The surgery of gastric band removal is much more complicated and dangerous than the primary surgery. Hence, it is very important that patients deciding to have a gastric band commit to follow a healthy lifestyle for the rest of their lives and change eating habits permanently. There might be a situation where the gastric band deteriorates or wears off and then, regardless of the patient’s diet, it also needs to be removed and replaced.
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