Allergan asks FDA to approve Lap-Band surgeries on teens

05/26/2011 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Allergan is seeking FDA's approval to expand the use of Lap-Band surgery to youths as young as 14 to curb obesity, saying clinical trials to test the device's safety are under way. However, doctors and health experts said there is insufficient evidence of the device's long-term safety and effectiveness and noted that the surgery should only be a last option for morbidly obese people.

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