Hospitals begin gastric banding weight-loss surgery on patients with lower BMI

June 27, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Following the FDA's nod this winter of expanded use for Allergan's Lap-Band gastric banding system, the Davis Clinic in Houston, Texas announces that it will perform the procedure for patients with a BMI of 30 to 35.


Some hospitals are starting to promote gastric band surgery for patients with lower BMIs, in a sign that the recent Food & Drug Administration decision to lower the threshold of obesity that a patient must exhibit in order to fit the indication for gastric banding surgery could turn out to be a boon for Allergan Inc. (NYSE:AGN).

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