LOS ANGELES – Two Los Angeles-area outpatient clinics affiliated with the 1-800 GET-THIN marketing company have temporarily stopped Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries while they conduct a review of the procedure. This makes you think there's something inherently wrong with the band as a product or the procedure as a surgery, right? Well, keep reading.
The move follows Irvine-based Allergan's announcement last week that it would stop selling the device to companies affiliated with the ad campaign. What campaign? What were they doing? So wait...the clinics are stopping to investigate what exactly? This makes it sound like it's something the clinic is doing wrong. Hmmm....
The New Life Surgery Center in Beverly Hills and Valley Surgical Center in West Hills say have stopped performing Lap-Band surgeries while they perform "a top-to-bottom review medical and operational review."
The Lap-Band is a ring surgically implanted around the stomach to discourage patients from overeating and to help them lose weight. Concise but I'll go with it.
The marketing company has been the target of state and federal investigations in recent months. So is it the marketing company, the clinics or Allergan's problem????
So there you have it. How many people will look at the headline of this article, assume it's another lapband horror story and move on? This story tells us ABSOLUTELY nothing. And yet, it's on the front page of USA Today...granted in the health section but STILL. WLS has enough dissenters with actual FACTS behind them...they don't need scary headlines that have nothing of substance behind them to help.
End of rant.
End of rant.