Los Angeles LAP-BAND Surgery - FDA Approves and Expands Use of the LAP-BAND® System

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Los Angeles - LAP-BAND Surgery approved by FDA with lower weight requirements as over half of California’s population struggles with being overweight and obese.

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LAP-BAND Surgery is now available to many more people in Los Angeles

We are very excited by the FDA’s LAP-BAND approval today. While LAP-BAND Surgery is not the solution for everyone, for those who have tried to diet and exercise for years without success, this means a healthier and happier life is now within their reach.

For many people suffering from obesity in Los Angeles, LAP-BAND Surgery may now be an option for those who have a BMI Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 and at least one obesity related comorbid condition such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease, all of which can lead to premature death.

Prior to today, a BMI of 35 or greater with at least one severe comorbid condition was the minimum FDA approval requirement for LAP-BAND Surgery in Los Angeles, but as more Americans suffer from health related issues and costs due to obesity, the FDA has lowered that minimum requirement to 30 for people with at least one obesity related comorbid condition.

Recently the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported “Obesity is common, serious, and costly. In 2009, about 2.4 million more adults were obese than in 2007. This epidemic has affected every part of the United States. In every state, more than 15% of adults are obese, and in nine states, over 30% of adults are obese. The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering. In 2008 dollars, these costs totaled about $147 billion.”

“We are very excited by the FDA’s LAP-BAND approval today. While LAP-BAND Surgery is not the solution for everyone, for those who have tried to diet and exercise for years without success, this means a healthier and happier life is now within their reach. This is a positive step in battling the obesity epidemic in our country” said Hooman Shabatian, M.D., Lap-Band VIP Surgeon, Los Angeles, California, “Obesity is second only to smoking as the most preventable cause of death in the United States.”

In another recent report by the UCLA Center for Health recently stated that around 15.3 million adults, more than half of the adults in California, are overweight or obese and more than 2 million are adults are diabetic. Los Angeles County has by far the most obese population at around 1.7 million and around 642,000 adults are diabetic. The obesity epidemic is worsening throughout the state and effective treatment options are desperately needed.

In West Los Angeles, obesity rates range from as low as 12 percent to as high as 34 percent in South Los Angeles and the rates for diabetes range from 6.2 percent in West Los Angeles to 10 percent in East LA. LAP-BAND Surgery is just one option available to help those who have not been able to lose the weight through exercise, diets and pharmacotherapy and many insurance plans will cover LAP-BAND Surgery in Los Angeles.

Lap-Band Surgery is considered to be safer than, and as effective as, gastric bypass and the LAP-BAND® System is now the first and only FDA-approved device for bariatric surgery in patients with a BMI of 30-35. To see if your BMI is within the FDA’s new approved range, an easy to use LAP-BAND BMI Calculator is available.

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