The Lap-Band surgery that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had last year has been a big question mark in recent months about how successful it’s been. New reports are finally out speculating on exactly how much weight Christie lost since having the procedure done. While there’s no definitive numbers available, a bariatric surgeon quoted on NBC News estimates that Christie likely lost anywhere from 90 to 100 pounds.
For those fighting obesity, those kind of numbers are worth celebrating. And it’s fairly clear when seeing the governor on TV that he’s considerably smaller around the middle from where he was a year ago. However, the most important thing is it validates Lap-Band as being a viable surgery that can help people who don’t have time to spare. But what more does it say when a person like Christie can live an overly busy life and deal with stress, yet still have excellent results?
The Lap-Band Benefits and Cautions
What makes Lap-Band such a great option is that it doesn’t have to be permanent. If Gov. Christie manages to keep a moderated diet, he can have the band removed from his stomach without having his stomach reduced forever as what happens with gastric bypass. Nevertheless, some prefer to have gastric bypass out of fear they won’t be able to moderate their diet.
That could be the only downside to Christie in the stress he’s dealing with alongside the pressures of running a state. If the band is ever removed, he could easily end up eating too much again and gain all his weight back.
This is why every person who has Lap-Band surgery needs to work with a dietician to plan out a moderated diet along with exercise. Here at Desert Surgical & Bariatric Specialists, we stress this fact before Lap-Band is even considered. Overall, Lap-Band is only one part of a long-term commitment the patient has to make on their health. Much more significant weight loss after the procedure will have to involve true streamlining of what a person eats.
Lap-Band for Busy People
With Gov. Christie’s moderate success, it gives hope to others now who have lives that can’t take time out for other bariatric surgeries. Those who desperately need to lose weight for their health can do a Lap-Band procedure without requiring weeks of recovery time. With that, better proof is available it can at least take an obese person out of the danger zone.
It’s an option you still need to consider carefully, and we can do that for you here at Desert Surgical & Bariatric Specialists with our Dr. Ramy Awad. Contact us so we can arrange a consultation with Dr. Awad to discuss whether your health is appropriate for any bariatric procedure. We’ll make sure you make the right decision for the best possible weight loss benefits.