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…
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?
Gastric bands are becoming an increasingly common fix for many overweight patients. While safe in the short term, some fear that we simply don't know enough about the long-term effects to keep pushing the procedure — especially on teens.