Governor Christie Gets the Lap-Band

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gets a LapBand

The governor of New Jersey had a Lap-Band installed in February and has already lost 40 pounds- which is a little over 10 pounds a month. He had the band installed by a great surgeon, Dr. George Fielding, who himself has a Lap-Band Of all the weight loss operations, the Lap-Band is the least invasive- with Governor Christie going in on a Saturday and leaving the same day.


The Lap-Band, while it is the easiest to install is like all other weight loss operations and requires:

(a) That the lifestyle of the patient change quite a bit. We discovered of our patients who are the most successful they made one change – they cooked. In fact, of all the variables of success, the ability to cook was number one.

(b) Measuring foods: the band does not “restrict” the amount of food you can eat. You can eat as much as you want. What the band does is allow you to eat less without being hungry later. This is an important feature. This means it is up to the person to eat less, it is up to the band (which we can adjust) to make it so you won’t be hungry later.

(c) What the band does not do is: make you feel full. The band does not change the size of the stomach. Some people have the “illusion” they feel full, but that is just it – an illusion. If people use the band to “feel full” they will end up disappointed. It was concerning that Governor Christie said he felt full with less.

Lap-Band Surgery Saved Her Life

I hadn’t seen her in a year – but the first thing she did was give me a hug and thanked me for saving her life.

“I just put the lap-band in you, you did the real work,” I said.

“No, doctor, you don’t understand.”

She had lost 110 pounds since she had the lapband surgery in Phoenix. Then, a year ago she felt a lump in her breast. It was cancer.

“I would have never felt that lump when I weighed 110 pounds more. That cancer would have grown and grown.”

Thankfully she is doing well now, the cancer removed, therapy done.  There are a lot of benefits of weight loss surgery, and sometimes weight loss surgery can  mean saving a life.

The Band Doesn’t Work When You Eat

The biggest challenge to taking patients from other lap-band surgeons is they don’t know how the lapband works. So, let me be very clear: The lap band does not work when you eat – the lapband works two hours after you eat. 

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LAPBAND Does Not Lead to Increased Alcoholism

Lap Band patients are not included in the study showing that there is increased alcoholism with weight loss surgery. In fact, Dr. Simpson noted that patients who had a single glass of wine with dinner had more weight loss than those who abstained. The study linking alcoholism to surgery for weight loss was for RNY gastric bypass not for Lap-Band.

The study showed that patients who underwent the RNY gastric bypass (RNY) had an increase in persons who developed alcohol utilization disorder. While the numbers were small on the face – an increase of two percent of the people developed AUD- translated over the many operations done is an increased burden to society.
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What It Takes to Lose: 5 Years After Weight Loss Surgery

Wanting to lose weight is not the same thing as being willing to do what it takes. Lap-Band surgery is a tool, it is not the brain – it is just a weight loss tool.  No matter which tool for weight loss surgery you use, if you expect that the operation will do the work for you, then you will not be successful. This is especially true for Lapband patients.

No weight loss surgery will tell you what to eat, how much to eat, and how to eat. Sometimes the surgery will stop you, make you feel uncomfortable, but in the long-run these are your decisions.  People who want the operation to do the work for them will fail.
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Master Your LapBand

The Lapband is a wonderful tool – and a lousy master. You do not want the lap band in charge of your eating. You do not want to lapband to tell you how much to eat. You do not want the lapband to tell you when to stop eating. You do not want the lapband to tell you that you ate too fast.

People who master their lapband, and use it as a tool, do the best with weight loss. They are never hungry, they are never full. They measure a portion – and stick to it. That is a simple recipe for success.

People who want the lapband to stop them from themselves never lose the weight that they should.

The lapband is just a tool – like a race car is a tool. A race car driver is in control of the race car- and they do well—whenever the race car takes control – well, bad things happen. The same with the lapband – at the very best, you won’t lose the weight you want to – and at the worst, we might need to re-operate on you to reposition, replace, or remove the band. Re-operations are not fun, and they can be avoided.
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