LAPD probing Lap-Band weight loss surgery provider after patient deaths


20 Responses to “LAPD probing Lap-Band weight loss surgery provider after patient deaths”

  1. Vidya says:

    “the company has since come under scrutiny . . . for sketchy business practices.”

    You mean, as opposed to all those ‘non-sketchy’ doctors/clinics that perform these surgical mutilations of healthy digestive systems to induce life-long anorexia and often late-onset terminal complications (as well as, commonly, only modest-to-no permanent weight loss)?

    • Johnny Adams says:

      (as well as, commonly, only modest-to-no permanent weight loss)?

      So my 90lbs down is not common? 

      • Vidya says:

        Nope, not at all common (unless it’s occurred within the last several years — metabolic readjustment and/or stomach re-expansion often takes around five years to fully develop).

        • Johnny Adams says:

           Yeah..I am one year in.  Slow and steady.  It is a lot of work and not something that should be advertised on a billboard.  This is not for people who do not understand that this is a last resort kind of thing.  Not a fly-by-night kind of thing.

          • apoxia says:

             There are surprising few studies on the long term (and by this I mean two years or more) outcomes for gastric surgeries. I had a patient once who had a lap-band, lost weight, and gained it all back over two following years, then had a gastric bypass, and again gained all the weight back over two years. Her problem was a pre-exisiting eating disorder that, surprise, surprise, wasn’t adequately treated by gastric surgery. There are definitely a subset of patients whose first-line treatment should not be surgery.

            That’s great that you’ve lost 90lbs :) Gastric surgery is still the most effective weight reduction strategy.

      • Xeni Jardin says:

        Good for you. Glad it worked! For some there are wonderful success stories. 

    • mattcornell says:

      Thank you for pointing this out. Long term outcomes are no better than dieting, and much more harmful. 

  2. Xeni, ever since this (and other) investigations were begun, these obnoxious lap band billboards have disappeared from the Southern California landscape

    • JimEJim says:

       Really?  I feel like I just saw one a day or two ago, but maybe my mind was playing tricks on me after the craziness from before.

      I guess it’s not too surprising though that a guy with an advertising strategy of buying almost every billboard in southern California might be a bit shady.  There was a period where you could pass 3 or 4 of the exact same billboards in a row.  Fortunately, they have started to disappear.

      • Evan G. says:

        Especially on the 605. They were everywhere along there. 

      • penguinchris says:

        They were so ubiquitous that it was quite easy to block them out subconsciously. Didn’t have to actually actively ignore them. So I guess once they disappear(ed) a lot of people will have just assumed they’re still there :)

    • MrEricSir says:

       All the Lap Band ads up here in San Francisco are gone too.

  3. Ashen Victor says:

    ” [...]an intravenous line was not properly inserted into Rojeski’s arm during surgery, causing solution to pool on the floor of the operating room.”


    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      It’s pretty normal for IVs to slip or become dislodged and leak. Not really a big deal unless nobody notices and slips in it. You just put in a new one.

  4. Evan G. says:

    Let your new life begin…

  5. Steve Pan says:

    Let me tell you about how the free market would’ve sorted this all out without pesky government intervention!

  6. Mantissa128 says:

    Hi, everybody!

    Ah, L.A.

  7. townandgownie says:

    Although not specifically related, the “Lap-Band tm” itself is practically a worthless procedure to endure. Because of the shameless lack of oversight on medical devices by the Federal Govt, many medical devices are brought to market that are worthless or even worse, knowingly unsafe.

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