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Comparative Outcomes of sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding

Background: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy has rapidly emerged as the most commonly performed bariatric surgical procedure in Australia. This has represented a paradigm shift away from laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), that represented more than 90% of procedures for nearly 15 years. LAGB has the advantages of safety, simplicity and adjustability. It does require intense follow up and behavioural change. Sleeve gastrectomy is a higher risk procedure, with reported improved efficacy, better eating quality and reduced follow up requirement. There are few objective data comparing outcomes of the two procedures, with most reports lacking a control group or demonstrating significant methodological bias. GOAL: To better understand the differences between the procedures in terms of objective outcomes, patient satisfaction and economic feasibility. A matched cohort study will be undertaken, with data collected on peri-operative outcomes, complications, costs, weight loss as gastro-intestinal symptoms and overall satisfaction. Costs of the two procedures will be calculated. Aims: To determine the differences between LAGB and sleeve gastrectomy in terms of: 1) Weight loss 2) Peri-operative complications and outcomes 3) Gastro-intestinal symptoms 4) Co-morbidity change 5) Patient satisfaction and quality of life 6) Costs  
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
Weight loss, gastric banding, bariatric surgery, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, anatomy, developmental biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology, human pathology, clinical, neuroscience
Available options 
Masters by research
Masters by coursework
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
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Alfred Research Alliance

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