Article 2, December 3:
If you go to the article through this link you will find an article in the NY Times which talks about how A federal advisory panel Friday endorsed an expansion of the use of Allergan’s Lap-Band stomach-restricting device to patients who are less than severely obese.
NY Times Article - Panel Votes to Expand Surgery for Less Obese
The vote could pave the way to double the number of Americans who qualify for weight-loss surgery. And it could eventually lead to making other types of weight-loss surgery available to those who are not quite as heavy. I think this endorsement is a victory and a testament to the band
Article 1, December1:
OK but get this, the same writer, Andrew Pollack wrote this article December 1. where he basically blasted the band. And talked about its dangers and how ineffectual it is. What do you say to the Anti Band sentiments!? WTF? He even interviews a woman whose daughter died two months after getting the band. And how people don't lose weight on the band. ( Just for the record our practice has never lost a patient to the band. Two gastric bypass patients died in the last decated but they had a lot of severe co morbidities...and it isn't bad considering the fact that they have done tens of thousands of surgeries in the last decade).
The Anti Band Article a couple days before...
Ugh! What do you say or think of people like this who are so Anti Band? What do you say to the naysayers? What are your thoughts?
My belief in the band comes from my own short journey and the stories from bandland friends and SOB's in particular. I know it can work. I did lots of research. I have faith in my decision.