Lap band surgery has been around since the early 1990s, but it hasn't generated as much attention and popularity as gastric-bypass surgery.
The lap band is getting national attention today after the news that Gov. Chris Christie secretly had the surgery almost three months ago. Christie underwent surgery on February 16 and checked in to the hospital under an anonymous name.
"I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," Christie told the New York Post. "For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them."
WHAT IS LAP BAND SURGERY?
The procedure requires a silicone band to be put around the stomach, which reduces its size and makes the person feel full after eating a small portion of food.
This procedure is considered less risky than gastric bypass surgery, which divides the stomach into a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch and then rearranges the small intestine to connect to both.
LAP BAND WEIGHT LOSS
Most of the weight loss associated with lap band surgery occurs in the first year-and-a-half after the procedure. Patients can expect to lose between 50 and 100 pounds.
Why someone would get this surgery instead of gastric-bypass?
How long it will be before the person starts noticing considerable weight loss?
Is this something that is covered by insurance?
What are the side effects from a surgery like this?
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