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FDA Advisers Vote to Expand Lap Band Surgery to the Less Obese — Physician’s First Watch

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December 6, 2010

FDA Advisers Vote to Expand Lap Band Surgery to the Less Obese

An FDA advisory panel voted on Friday to lower the weight threshold for lap band surgery, the New York Times reports.

If the FDA follows the panel's advice, lap band surgery will become an option for people with a body-mass index of 35 or higher, and for those with a BMI of 30 or higher who have health problems. (Currently, the procedure is limited to those with a BMI of 40 or higher, and to those with a BMI of 35 or higher who have diabetes or severe health problems linked to diabetes.)

The manufacturer requested the expansion after a study found the procedure to be effective among some 150 people in the lower weight range.

It is unclear when the FDA will make its decision, according to the Times.

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