New concerns about lap band

December 13, 2011

Federal health officials have issued warnings to eight surgical centers and an advertising firm in California for misleading advertisements promoting the lap band. It is a stomach-restricting device used to treat obesity.

The FDA says advertisements by the centers and the marketing firm "1-800-GET-THIN" don't provide essential information about the risks and side effects of lap-band implantation.

In February, the FDA expanded approval for the lap band to patients who are obese.

The device was previously only available for patients with morbid obesity, which means a body mass index of 40 or higher.

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