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Lap Band Radio Commercials…and the Truth

Posted Mar 18 2010 12:00am

As I have mentioned before , I spend far too much time commuting these days and listening to talk radio. Medical radio commercials seem to tick me off more than others when they stretch the truth out toward the next planet.

Lap Band surgery has been advertised heavily lately. A woman in a commercial lost 102 pounds. OK, except this is completely uncharacteristic of the average Lap Band patient.

I see Bariatric patients in my practice and have seen them for over a decade. The truth of the matter is that the results of Lap Band surgery vary enormously. The average patient who I have seen loses 35-50 pounds. Some lose none. Be careful of that which you hear and see in these advertisements. If you expect to lose over 100 pounds, you will likely be disappointed.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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