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Valley weight loss doctors hope surgery rules change
Fresno Bee

For years, doctors in the San Joaquin Valley have been saying countless lives could be saved if more obese patients could have weight-loss surgery. Now there is a glimmer of hope. A key federal panel has recommended that the Food and Drug Administration relax its strict guidelines for who could get a gastric-banding device, which squeezes the stomach so a person can’t eat as much.

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