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FDA Approves Lower Acceptable BMI for Lap Band® Patients


Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System now available to millions more

Lawrenceville, Ga.—The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved lowering the acceptable Body Mass Index (BMI) for certain patients interested in the Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System. The acceptable BMI has been lowered to 30 for patients with at least one co-morbidity related to obesity, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke or sleep apnea.

Prior to the recent FDA approval, an individual’s BMI had to be 35 for patients with at least one co-morbidity. The acceptable BMI for patients without a co-morbidity remains at 40. Allergan—the Lap-Band® manufacturer—submitted the request to the FDA, which will now allow millions more obese adults the chance to qualify for the surgery.

The Center for Surgical Weight Management at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth has been offering the Lap Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System for its patients interested in weight loss surgery since March 2010. The center’s comprehensive bariatric program includes a variety of surgical procedures, including gastric banding, gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy.

“The FDA’s decision to lower the BMI is a victory for both our patients and care providers alike,” said GMC–Duluth’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss Medical Director, Robert Richard, MD, FACS. “Centers like GMC–Duluth will now be able to assist less obese patients in need, resulting in healthier citizens and communities.”

To ensure patients receive the absolute best care possible before, during and after surgery, GMC’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss offers a number of tools and resources. These resources include informational and education sessions, physical fitness classes, life coaching classes that promote health change, an online message board, support groups, private nutritional counseling and fitness assessments, cooking classes and more.

Learn more about the Center for Surgical Weight management at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth here, or call 678-312-6200.

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