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HERO Study: Helping Evaluate Reduction in Obesity

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Identifier:
First received: August 5, 2009
Last updated: January 23, 2017
Last verified: January 2017
A prospective, international, multi-center study of clinical outcomes and estimated healthcare resource expenditures associated with the treatment of obesity using the LAP-BAND AP® Adjustable Gastric Banding System.

Condition Intervention
Device: LAP-BAND AP® Adjustable Gastric Banding System

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective

Further study details as provided by Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in weight, waist and hip circumference, blood pressure, HbA1c, fasting glucose, lipid profile, concomitant medications, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) [ Time Frame: 5 years ]

Enrollment: 1106
Study Start Date: December 2009
Study Completion Date: October 2016
Primary Completion Date: July 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Patients who have already consented to receive the LAP-BAND AP® Adjustable Gastric Banding System
Device: LAP-BAND AP® Adjustable Gastric Banding System
The LAP-BAND AP® is a device surgically implanted via a laparoscopic procedure. It is designed to induce weight loss in severely obese patients by limiting food consumption.
Other Name: LAP-BAND AP®


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients that have already made a decision, independent of the study, to proceed with LAP-BAND AP® implantation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patient and investigator have made a decision, independent of the study, to proceed with LAP-BAND AP® implantation.
  • Male or female aged ≥ 18 years.
  • BMI ≥ 40 or a BMI ≥ 35 with one or more severe co-morbid conditions, or those who are 45.5 Kg / 100 lbs or more over their estimated ideal weight.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior bariatric surgery.
  • Type I diabetes patients.
  • Participating in another ongoing clinical study with concomitant diagnostic or therapeutic intervention that would reasonably be expected to alter patterns of care, use of medications or the outcomes under study.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00953173

United States, Washington
Everett, Washington, United States
Australia, South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Jette, Belgium
Canada, Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Naples, Italy
United Kingdom
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. Identifier: NCT00953173     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HERO Study
Study First Received: August 5, 2009
Last Updated: January 23, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 25, 2017