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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lap Band Non Story

Time for another edition of "What's Buggin' Panda in the News!"  In USA Today - there's this fabulous lapband story about 2 surgery centers halting lapband surgery while they "investigate."  Investigate what, you ask?  Excellent question.  The link is here but I'm going to copy and paste the entire thing because it's super short.  My comments are in blue.


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 LAP-BAND System is displayed. The Food and Drug Administration expanded approval to patients with a body mass index between 30 and 40 and one weight-related medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
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    The LAP-BAND System is displayed. The Food and Drug Administration expanded approval to patients with a body mass index between 30 and 40 and one weight-related medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
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The LAP-BAND System is displayed. The Food and Drug Administration expanded approval to patients with a body mass index between 30 and 40 and one weight-related medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

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.  

7 comments:

A.J. said...

Ugh--- this kind of 'journalism' ( using term loosely ) drives me bonkers. This chain of surgery centers I think is largely tied to the 4-5 individuals who have died post Lapband surgery. Which of course means that LapBand is terrible not that these surgery centers are terrible, right??

jennxaz said...

I read about this there has been 5 deaths I think in the last year from the 1-800-get-thin wls and thats why they are investigating. From what I have read they are slamming the band in without any follow up or education but I don't think they know why all the deaths. There is a lawsuit and the FDA is investigating

Amanda Kiska said...

What a waste of space. Boo, hiss USA Today!

Leslie said...

Oh I hate articles like this!! Ten bucks, my MIL calls tonight wondering if we are going to die. LOL.

♫ Drazil ♪ said...

Seriously - this is journalism? JEEZ

~Sandi @ This one time at 'band' camp... said...

That was a waste of reading...some people have nothing better to do than BS!

Sarah said...

Am I meant to be totally confused or am I just being dumb? I don't understand :(