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To Band or Bypass—Reply

Jacques Himpens, MD; Guy-Bernard Cardière, MD, PhD
Arch Surg. 2011;146(9):1105-1108. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.211.
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Thank you for giving us the opportunity to reply to the letter by Drs Oefelein and Okerson concerning our study that was published in Archives.1 Regrettably, the message of our study apparently did not come across. We did not condemn laparoscopic adjustable band gastroplasty (LAGB). We wanted to stress the importance of a better follow-up policy.

Understandably, the analysis by Oefelein and Okerson is biased by an obvious conflict of interest. This clearly impairs the value of their argument, but it does not excuse the condescending tone of their letter.

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September 1, 2011
Michael G. Oefelein, MD, FACS; Ted Okerson, MD, FACP
Arch Surg. 2011;146(9):1105-1108. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.209.
September 1, 2011
Guilherme M. Campos, MD, FACS
Arch Surg. 2011;146(9):1105-1108. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.210.
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