Gov Chris Christie Has Lap Band, Speaks About Choice
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just revealed that he underwent weight loss surgery in February. He kept his procedure a secret from all but a handful of people until now, but has decided to speak about his choice. Christie chose Lap-Band surgery, and the Post reports that he has lost about 30 pounds so far. Weight loss with Lap-Band surgery is generally more gradual than with other bariatric procedures, and our patients generally lose about one to two pounds a week. It is the least-invasive procedure for weight loss and is entirely reversible. During a Lap-Band placement, the stomach is partitioned into uneven 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 eaten, and our patients feel less hungry throughout the day. The band can be adjusted right in our office, without further surgery. 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 Lap-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. Now, speaking of his decision to undergo surgery, 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.”
For ideal results, Christie will follow up with his surgeon regularly and maintain a healthy diet and activity routine. At the Olde Del Mar Surgical, 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 calling our office at 848-457-4917. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the procedure, other weight loss options, and insurance.