VBG - vertical banded gastroplasty - stomach stapling only

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Surgery invented by Dr. Edward Mason when he felt long term vitamin deficiencies from gastric bypass made the procedure not appropriate for most patients.  Although long term patients seem somewhat uncomfortable (and many I've met have regained most of their weight), normal digestion is retained possibly making the surgery safer in the long term.  Note: this surgery has been widely replaced by the adjustable lap band.