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A New Jersey governor Chris Christie going under the knife to try and lose weight he told the New York Post he decide to undergo lap band surgery.
After turning fifty this past fall a Governor Christie says the operation has already helped curb his appetite and according to reports he already is losing weight.
Doctor -- decoded and medical internist who specializes have been helping -- patients lose weight -- you obviously helped patients post this type of surgery.
He says that he did this surgery because he wants to be alive.
For his children in the years to -- when it comes to weight loss issues will -- surgery.
Guarantee that that weight loss will no longer be a problem for him or will wait in general will no longer be a problem for him.
Surgery is no guarantee.
For a long term weight loss it's certainly can help people who -- truly obese.
The people they're not very obese when they get this surgery often gain the weight back.
They don't necessarily have.
A lot of weight loss to begin with -- -- and -- -- -- gain it back based on what we've seen Chris Christie obviously over the last couple years she's been very open about the fact -- he -- with -- Is based on what we can see.
Would he be a good candidate for the surgery he was a very good candidate for the surgery because he was some obese.
And from what I -- he's already lost over forty pounds.
And about 200000 Americans each year get some form of weight loss surgery.
And this particular one that the governor had a -- is a lap band and what they do is they tighten up your stomach they literally put a band.
Around the top part of your stomach.
It's and they shrink your stomach to the size of an aren't.
So therefore you have a little food it gets greatly expanded you really can't eat that much of a meal and it had decreased appetite -- about complications.
Complications with a lap band are pretty rare it's a lot safer than the more invasive types of surgery.
But the most important thing is follow up getting healthy making sure that somebody's metabolism is good making sure that they're compliant.
And controlling appetite so surgery for a very obese person may be the first stat but after that medical weight loss.
And and continuity of care is extremely important.
He says hasn't had said in the past that he works out with a trainer he tried to -- an hour a day.
Since he's gonna have to continue that this -- this surgery is not a fix all you get it in and -- -- you're gonna be skinny.
Absolutely not this surgery is not a quick facts and the governor will have to learn to eat healthy.
And he's gonna have to exercise.
Even for people that lose it without surgery exercise is the key.
For weight maintenance -- that we have had this conversation with a few different doctors on the show one of the things that has been brought up when it comes a lap band surgery is that perhaps in May be available for people that are not necessarily obese.
But maybe fifty pounds -- in just can't get down from -- And because of the health issues associated with being overweight some doctors say -- we should be doing surgery for more people.
Maybe people that are not a hundred pounds overweight and maybe fifty or something like that we think about evolution of the surgery and where it's going I disagree with with using people they're not X extremely obese because I've seen in my practice that.
Many patients -- in after having something like the lap bad.
And maybe they take off 2030 pounds and they gained most of it back and realize that when your stomach is that small.
It's very difficult to eat a lot of high fiber nutritious foods.
And for that reason people can sort of she can have.
I've had patients -- fettuccine Alfredo and chocolate pudding transaction it is everything -- right it's not the right thing to taking what I can't say that easier than they can't let's say an apple exactly -- cucumbers salad or -- the acts.
Doctor they -- -- a program thank you thank you very much appreciate -- John.
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