For those who are seriously overweight, lap-band surgery seems to promise a medically sound way to lose weight. However, for patients in Iowa and across the country who have been the victims of lap-band issues after surgery, the defective medical devices can mean long-term suffering, illness and even death.
Lap-band surgery involves placing a silicone band around part of the patient's stomach to control food intake volume. This surgery has become a popular option for those who have more than a few pounds to lose. However, recent probes into lap-band treatment centers, including New York University's program, have caused some to rethink the safety of these procedures. New York authorities investigated the Langone Weight Management Program three years ago following the death of one 27-year-old woman after a lap band procedure. Attorneys for her family claim that had the clinic addressed an underlying medical issue prior to performing the surgery, the woman would not have died.