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.

Weight Loss Surgery: Success Depends on Follow Up

Nearly half of the people who participate in weight loss programs drop-out before completion, according to a new study published in the Canadian Journal of Surgery. In one particular weight-loss program, 43 percent of the participants dropped out, some of which were weight loss surgery patients. For the study, researchers assessed 1,205 participants in the program, 318 of whom had received bariatric surgery. The program lasted one year, and was extended to two years for surgery patients. The drop-out rate among non-surgery participants was 56 percent, while only 12 percent of surgery patients dropped out before shedding the desired amount of weight. The results are similar to those found in other weight-loss programs.
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Emotional Eating: The Enemy of Weight Loss

The lapband does not fit well around the brain, and the lapband isn’t meant to. But the lap-band does give you an opportunity to reflect on what you eat. The lapband gives you a tool that allows you to limit the amount of food you can eat, so you can use this tool to retrain yourself about portion sizes, as well as think about the food you are eating.

This is called “mindful eating,” or “reflective eating.” The band gives you the opportunity to consider what and why you are eating the food in front of you. Like crossing the street, “stop, look, and listen,” is another way to consider “mindful eating.” In other words, with the lapband, you need to eat slowly; your new mantra should be — slow, small, and easy.
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Explaining the LapBand on ABC15

Last week I visited ABC 15 with Lapband patient and local celebrity, Jineane Ford. We discussed the Lapband and how it works. After more than 5 years, Jineane has successfully kept her weight off, and improved her overall health.

Video courtesy ABC 15: Sonoran Living.

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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