CA Lap-Band surgery center loses accreditation

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Beverly Hills surgery center affiliated with the company that promoted Lap-Band weight loss surgery has lost its accreditation.

A spokesman for Joint Commission, a nonprofit that certifies health care organizations in the U.S., said New Life Surgery Center lost its accreditation effective Aug. 7.

Bret Coons declined to tell the Los Angeles Times ( ) why accreditation was revoked.

The move prohibits the center from performing many surgeries. However, the clinic remained open this week.

An attorney for New Life said the surgery center disagrees with the decision and is evaluating its options.

The Times reports five patients have died after Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries at clinics affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign.

Three of those surgeries were performed at the clinic, which has used several names. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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