MamaMichelle Posted April 2, 2008 Report Share Posted April 2, 2008 Found this on a fellow bloggers page! Wow - what a fantastic article just published yesterday in the Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1206929090...ays_us_page_one Industry Giants Push Obesity Surgery Medical-device makers, venture capitalists and surgeons are racing to turn a once-controversial weight-loss procedure into the next big thing in elective surgery. Once dismissed by some surgeons as a gimmick, gastric banding â€” in which a silicone band is wrapped around the upper stomach to restrict food intake â€” is now the focus of a fierce competition pitting consumer-products giant Johnson & Johnson against Botox maker Allergan Inc. Venture-capital-backed outpatient centers are popping up to implant the bands. Growing ranks of surgeons are touting the procedure at free public seminars. All see a vast market in a country where diet and exercise programs have failed to slow an obesity epidemic. Lap-Band v. Gastric Bypass Image A number of recent studies suggest that gastric banding is safer than gastric bypass, and some data suggest comparable, if slower, weight-loss results. Improvements in surgical techniques and follow-up care have helped gastric banding become the dominant weight-loss operation in Europe and Australia. Credit Suisse analyst Marc Goodman predicts that gastric banding will account for half of all weight-loss surgeries by 2010, up from about 30% today. GASTRIC BANDWAGON Whatâ€™s New: Once dismissed as a gimmick, gastric banding is now seen by some in the medical industry as the next big thing in elective surgery. The Players: Industry giants Johnson & Johnson and Allergan, as well as venture-capital firms that are backing outpatient centers. Patient Concerns: The silicone device can shift after surgery, causing it to lose effectiveness. And patients may eventually need another surgery to replace or remove it. READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE BY CLICKING THE LINK AT THE TOP OF THIS POST... Enjoy! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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