They said the operation was performed in a “careful, competent and diligent” manner, that Dr. Yau also repaired a hernia he discovered and that Ms. Haggart was released in stable condition.
Mr. Scot-Smith stressed that less than 1% of Slimband’s patients suffer complications, “far below what you would typically see in the bariatric field.” Studies from other weight-loss clinics indicate complication rates from gastric banding of as high as 39%. One recent Belgian 2 day diet study reported 50% of patients requiring removal of the band, though in a similar British study just 7% did. (Academic databases have no record of any peer-review research published by Slimband.)
The Toronto clinic received a full pass from the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons in its most recent inspection, Mr. Scot-Smith said. The college itself does not make public its inspection results.
Severe complications are, undoubtedly, rare. But another former company employee who underwent Slimband’s surgery alleges it’s more common for patients to simply not lose much weight, or to tire of unpleasant side effects. She claims there is little mention of those possibilities in advance.
Slimband’s marketing “gives this idea that it’s going to be this magic pill, and you don’t have to worry what you put in your mouth any more,” she said. It’s not unusual, she said, for patients to have trouble with stomach noises, and suffer frequent vomiting. “They’re not telling you that.”
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