Dr Neelu Pal fired for warning teens of the complications of the gastric band surgery

July 27th, 2010 - 7:31 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, July 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The long-term safety of gastric bands in patients who undergo the weight loss surgery has been brought to the fore after a surgeon - Dr. Neelu Pal made public her fears of the procedure. One patient had died and others have suffered serious health complications from the Lap-Band surgery.

Neelu Pal, who is of Indian decent, has been fired as a result of her fears. She was fired after it emerged that she contacted patients in January 2006. Dr. Neelu Pal worked at the New York University’s Medical Center. She has filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination.

The New York University’s Medical Center is considered one of the best-experienced surgery centers in the world.

According to Pal, she considers the NYU’s bariatric surgery practice as a hectic Lap-Band factory saying two of the hospitals surgeons, Dr. Christine Ren and Dr. George Fielding implanted gastric bands in as much as 20 patients a day. She said this happened between late 2005 and early 2006.

Pal also alleged that Dr. Christine Ren and Dr. George Fielding, who are married, are on the payrolls of one of the leading makers of gastric bands in the world, Allergan Inc. And it ought to be mentioned that Allergan Inc. currently enjoys more than two thirds of the gastric bands market value. The market is estimated at $300 million to $400 million annually.

Currently, American authorities have yet to decide on whether to allow the procedure on overweight teenagers and critics say the procedure is too risky to warrant the benefit.

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