The obesity empire built by Julian and Michael Omidi comes under scrutiny by authorities after five deaths following Lap-Band surgeryIt's a Friday afternoon and the movie "Moneyball" is playing in a medical clinic waiting room at 9001 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.
Daniel Shin was accused of 'gross negligence' by regulators for treatment of a patient at a Beverly Hills clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign.An anesthesiologist faulted for his treatment of a patient who died after Lap-Band surgery at a clinic affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign has been placed on five years' probation by the Medical Board of California.
The waiting room of the Beverly Hills surgery clinic was teeming with customers on a recent Saturday, with many of the patients there for the weight-loss operation hawked on freeway billboards, bus placards, and TV and radio commercials across Southern California: 1-800-GET-THIN.
A second death linked by a coroner's report to the weight-loss surgery performed at a Beverly Hills clinic may prompt state regulators to take a closer look at the procedures marketed by TopSurgeons.The tragedy of Ana Renteria's life was in the way it ended: her body ravaged by infection 10 days after she had the Lap-Band weight-loss operation advertised on those billboards and radio spots bearing the phone number 1-800-GET-THIN .
New Life Surgery Center could lose its accreditation if it fails to make progress in four areas.A Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign has been advised to make improvements or risk losing its accreditation, according to a spokeswoman for the center's accrediting agency.
Lap-Band's maker, Allergan, will no longer sell the device to facilities affiliated with the marketing campaign.The maker of the Lap-Band will no longer sell its product to clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing company — a blow to Southern California surgery centers that have built an empire implanting the weight-loss devices in people looking to shed pounds.
New Life Surgery Center in Beverly Hills and Valley Surgical Center in West Hills must make improvements or risk losing their accreditation.An independent accreditation group has told two outpatient clinics affiliated with the once-prominent 1-800-GET-THIN Lap-Band surgery advertising campaign to make specified improvements or potentially lose their accreditation.