Laparoscopic bariatric surgery-current trends and controversies

The first laparoscopic procedures for obesity were performed in the early 1990s. Broadbent and colleagues first successfully placed a non-adjustable gastric band in a patient on September 10, 1992 in Australia, and published their preliminary results in 1993 (1). After initial animal experiments in 1992, Belachew and colleagues placed the first laparoscopic adjustable band in a human on September 1, 1993 in Belgium.