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Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Stanley D. Hoehn of The Bariatric Center of Kansas City Supports FDA LAP-BAND(R) Approval

SHAWNEE MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - 02/25/11) - Dr. Stanley D. Hoehn of The Bariatric Center of Kansas City announced today that he supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of the expanded use of the LAP-BAND® System, Allergan's gastric band. Dr. Hoehn has performed more than 1,500 Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures and more than 1,500 LAP-BAND® gastric banding procedures.Dr. Hoehn said, "Obesity can cause serious health risks, and we are confident that this procedure will give patients an opportunity to improve their health. We are pleased with the FDA's decision to expand the use of the LAP-BAND® System."According to the FDA press release on February 16, 2011, the expanded use of the LAP-BAND® System, Allergan's gastric band was approved for adults with obesity who have failed more conservative weight reduction alternatives such as diet and exercise and pharmacotherapy; have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40; and at least one obesity related comorbid condition.Visit www.kcbariatric.com for details regarding the LAP-BAND® & more. To register for a free surgical weight loss seminar to learn if the LAP-BAND® System is right for you, visitwww.kcbariatric.com/b_bariatric_seminars.php.Dr. Stanley Hoehn is medical director of the Weight Loss Surgery Program at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and is approved as an ASMBS Bariatric Center of Excellence Surgeon. Dr. Hoehn received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Union College in Lincoln, Neb. and graduated from medical school from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. He completed his surgical residency and internship at the University of Kansas in 1999.The Bariatric Center of Kansas City is a surgical weight loss program located in Shawnee Mission, Kan. that provides surgical excellence within a compassionate atmosphere along with lifelong quality patient support. The Bariatric Center of Kansas City has been in practice since 2002, providing weight loss surgery care to thousands of patients in the metropolitan Kansas City and surrounding Midwest areas. The program provides all of the essential components as recommended by the National Institute of Health to achieve successful laparoscopic weight loss surgery. These include patient education, both individually and through public seminars; full preoperative evaluation of each patient's mental and physical health; coordination of care; assistance with insurance issues' and post-operative support groups in order to help ensure the safety and success of patients. www.kcbariatric.com or Twitter @KCBariatric