New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revealed that he underwent bariatric surgery in February, keeping his procedure a secret from all but a handful of people until now.  Christie chose gastric band or Lap-Band surgery, and he has reportedly lost at least 40 pounds so far.  Weight loss induced by Lap-Band surgery is more gradual than other bariatric procedures, and patients generally lose about one to two pounds a week.  One reason it is particularly well-liked is that the band is the least-invasive procedure for weight loss and is entirely reversible.  During a Lap-Band placement, the stomach is partitioned into compartments, leaving a small pouch (about 10% of the overall capacity) as the new reservoir for food. The smaller stomach size limits the amount of food intake. Christie, like all band patients, will follow up with his surgeon and team regularly for “fills” or band adjustments. These adjustments are key to the success of the band, since the doctor and patient work together to find the optimal tightness for the band.

Christie has been open about his struggles to lose weight over the years. During an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman” in February – right before he underwent his band surgery – he pulled out a doughnut and told the host his weight was “fair game” for comedians, who frequently make his size the butt of their jokes. Speaking of his decision, Christie said: “I’ve struggled with this issue [obesity] for 20 years. For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.” Christie had his band surgery done by a colleague, Dr George Fielding in NY, who also performed NFL Coach Rex Ryan’s surgery. Ryan has lost over 100 pounds so far and advised Christie during his decision-making process. We are happy to see public figures being open about their immense struggles with their weight, and decision to undergo bariatric surgery – which is the most effective and long-lasting treatment available for morbid obesity.

At the Bariatric Institute of Greater Chicago, we provide you with all the necessary tools to succeed. Our practice is built on the principles of providing the highest quality of patient care. You can learn more about our program and Lap-Band surgery by attending one of our educational seminars at no-charge, or by calling our office at 630-468-2545.