After Five Fatalities, FDA Warns Clinics Promising Quick & Easy…

The FDA is finally taking action against the clinics behind the 1-800-GET-THIN ads running in Southern California, where five people died due to complications from Lap-Band surgery. The facilities fall into a "regulatory no man's land," but about a year ago the L.A. County Department of Public Health asked the FDA to… » 12/13/11 9:48pm 12/13/11 9:48pm

Fifth Person Dies After Lap-Band Surgery At Shady Clinics

In December it was reported that several people died after responding to ads posted around Southern California for 1-800-GET-THIN, which connects potential patients to several medical centers. The clinics fall into a "regulatory no man's land," and at the time several government agencies said they didn't have the… » 9/25/11 11:02pm 9/25/11 11:02pm

Will New Guidelines Turn Lap-Bands Into Cosmetic Surgery?

Last month an FDA advisory panel recommended lowering the B.M.I. requirements for gastric lap bands from 35 to 30. Now some doctors say this could turn the serious procedure into another quick-fix weight-loss method. Saw that one coming, didn't you? » 1/19/11 6:00pm 1/19/11 6:00pm

Slim-Down Surgery Slims Down Your Wallet

Bariatric surgery can cost up to $30,000, depending on which process you get and where you live. And follow-up surgeries keep the hospital bills coming in the mail. But it's not like this is stopping anybody from getting them. » 1/01/11 1:00pm 1/01/11 1:00pm