Author Contributions: Dr O’Brien had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: O’Brien, Sawyer, Laurie, Dixon.
Acquisition of data: O’Brien, Sawyer, Laurie, Brown, Skinner, Veit, Burton, McGrice, Anderson, Dixon.
Analysis and interpretation of data: O’Brien, Sawyer, Brown, Paul, Burton, Anderson, Dixon.
Drafting of the manuscript: O’Brien, Sawyer, Burton.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: O’Brien, Sawyer, Laurie, Brown, Skinner, Veit, Paul, Burton, McGrice, Anderson, Dixon.
Statistical analysis: O’Brien, Paul, Burton.
Obtained funding: O’Brien, Sawyer, Dixon.
Administrative, technical, or material support: O’Brien, Sawyer, Laurie, Brown, Skinner, Veit, Burton, McGrice, Anderson, Dixon.
Study supervision: O’Brien, Sawyer, Dixon.
Financial Disclosures: Dr Dixon reported that he has a consultancy with Allergan and is a member of the Allergan diabetes advisory board, has consultancies with Bariatric Advantage, Scientific Intake, and SP Health Co; serves on the Optifast medical advisory board, the diabetes advisory board for Allergan Inc, and the medical advisory board for Bariatric Advantage; has served on speakers' bureaus for Abbott Australasia, Allergan Inc, Bariatric Advantage, Eli Lilly Australia, Merck Sharp & Dohme Australia, Nestle Australia, and Roche Products Australia. No other authors reported disclosures.
Funding/Support: The study was funded by grant NHMRC-GA05-384215 from the National Health and Medical Research Council. The laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands used in the study were provided by the manufacturer, Allergan. The Centre for Obesity Research and Education receives an unrestricted research support grant from Allergan.
Role of the Sponsor: NHMRC and Allergan had no role in the design or conduct of the study, collection or analysis of the data, or preparation of the manuscript.
Additional Contributions: We thank Michael Bailey, BSc, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Monash University, for his statistical analysis of the data, for which he received no compensation. We thank the patients who took part in the study.