FDA Advisory Panel Approves Expanded Use of Lap-Band

On December 3, an FDA advisory panel recommended the expansion of the use of Allergan’s Lap-Band™ system for weight reduction in patients with a BMI of at least 35 kg/m2 or a BMI of at least 30 kg/m2 with one or more comorbid conditions. The panel voted 8 to 2 that the benefits of Lap-Band™ surgery were greater than the risks in patients in the new, lower weight range. While the FDA must still make the final decision, the agency usually agrees with its advisory committees.

Dr. Simpson was one of 30 weight loss surgeons involved in the study. In fact, Dr. Simpson was the only Phoenix weight loss surgeon selected to participate. Read more about this exciting new development regarding FDA approval of lower BMI guidelines for the Allergan Lap-Band.™

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.

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