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More obese teens get gastric band surgery with average $17K cost
USA Today

More overweight teenagers are undergoing laparoscopic gastric band surgery, a weight-loss procedure that isn’t approved for anyone under 18 years old, a new study finds. Looking at a database of bariatric surgeries in California, researchers found that gastric band operations, which constrict the stomach, increased seven-fold from 2005 to 2007.

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