FDA Approves Expanded Use of LAP-BAND®
On February 16, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the expanded use of the LAP-BAND® System, Allergan’s gastric band, for adults with obesity who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives, such as diet, exercise and pharmacotherapy, and have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 and at least one obesity related comorbid condition.
The National Institute for Health deems weight loss surgery the only effective means of treating obesity on a long-term basis and we are pleased that gastric banding with the LAP-BAND system is now an option for patients with a lower BMI.
Water: Why is it Good for You?
Water is essential to good health. It helps your body to:
- Regulate body temperature
- Lubricate joints
- Lessen the burden on kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products
- Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Prevent constipation
- Protect organs and tissue accessible to the body
Remember to drink more water!!
- Location: Nesconset, NY
- Age: 46
- Total Weight Lost: 133 lbs
- Surgery date: 11/28/2006
- Pre-surgery BMI: 44
- Current BMI: 23
“Before I had my surgery, my life was extremely unfulfilling. I was so uncomfortable with myself and my appearance I choose not to attend many functions and activities. I was unable to keep up with my children, my friends and my family. My life now is so much more complete then before. I am able to do all of the things I had dreamed of. I can walk and climb stairs without getting winded, I can fit in an airplane and theater seat comfortably, and I am not in constant pain.”