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Friday 12th August 2011

Dr. Andrew Averbach, Director of Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, recently became the first surgeon in the Mid-Atlantic to provide intraoperative adjustments of Lap Bands. Dr. Averbach was also the first surgeon in Maryland to perform the transoral incisionless fundoploication (TIF) procedure with an EsophyX device. His clinic is one of the top providers of gastric sleeve surgery in Maryland.

A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (LAGB), or lap band, is an inflatable silicone device that is placed around the top portion of the stomach. It is used to treat morbid obesity. This particular bariatric surgery is designed for obese patients with a body mass index (BMI) exceeding 40, but more recently surgeons have begun performing it on patients with lower BMIs to improve certain comorbidities including: sleep apnea, Hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis. The TIF procedure is the latest advancement in the evolution of surgical procedures for the treatment of Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) – an extremely prevalent condition affecting more than 30 percent of the adult population in the US.

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