A 55-year-old Orange County woman is reportedly the fifth individual to die after receiving a Lap-Band procedure associated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign since 2009. A Los Angeles Times article states that the woman’s weight-loss surgery took place at a West Hills outpatient clinic. She was taken to a local hospital by paramedics, but died upon arrival.
The woman’s death is the second to occur at the West Hills facility, which has used different names, one of which is Valley Surgical Center. Three patients have also died after Lap-Band weight-loss procedures at another clinic in Beverly Hills, which has also used various names, including Beverly Hills Surgery Center.
Both of these facilities have reportedly received referrals from 1-800-GET-THIN, an advertising campaign that sends people to outpatient clinics that provide Lap-Band surgeries throughout Southern California. According to the article, over 100,000 individuals called 1-800-GET-THIN in its first 15 months of business, instigating over 10,000 scheduled surgeries.
Lawsuits against 1-800-GET-THIN have been filed for deaths, injuries, and false advertising with claims that its ads fail to provide proper warnings about the risks of the surgery. Affiliated surgery centers and some doctors who performed the procedures have also been prosecuted. Although Allergan is not associated with 1-800-GET-THIN, the Irvine-based company is the manufacturer of the silicone ring (Lap-Band) that gets surgically implanted around a person’s stomach during surgery to dissuade overeating.
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