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Dr. Feiz & Associates supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to investigate and take action against misleading advertising for the¬†LAP BAND¬†, an FDA-approved medical implant used for weight loss. The FDA issued warning letters to several southern¬†California¬†entities that have allegedly misled the public regarding the possible risks of the LAP BAND procedure.
The LAP BAND is an adjustable gastric restrictive device that has been proven to be an effective tool in aiding weight loss. However, the LAP BAND should be viewed as one of many components that comprise a broader,¬†comprehensive treatment plan¬†, like the one offered by Dr. Feiz & Associates. A safe and successful treatment plan for morbid obesity requires meticulous patient selection (as not all surgical procedures are suitable for all patients), as well as life-long follow-up of the patients health and success.
Surgeons have an obligation to consult with patients and inform them about possible side-effects and contraindications associated with LAP BAND surgery. Moreover, it is the duty of the program to inform patients not just about the risks and benefits of the LAP BAND, but also about¬†all possible treatments.
These include non-surgical and behavioral treatments, as well as surgical treatments such as the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy¬†and¬†laparoscopic gastric bypass¬†, in addition to the LAP BAND. This is in keeping with the fundamental guiding philosophy of Dr. Feiz & Associates. Without a thorough education about all the various options, a patient cannot possibly make an informed decision on the safest and healthiest course of action.
The FDA’s commendable decision to take action underscores the need for patients to seek LAP BAND surgery and other treatment options only with well trained and qualified surgeons who are Fellowship trained in the field of Bariatric Surgery and accredited by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The simple truth is this: LAP BAND surgery can be a safe procedure, but only when performed by qualified and responsible medical professionals.