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The Lap Band Center: Dr. Atul Madan Applauds Chris Christie's Dedication to Family and Loss of 30 Pounds After Lap Band Surgery

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) May 20, 2013

When people have lap band surgery done, it's not always to become a celebrity. New Jersey governor Chris Christie, according to a May 7, 2013 ABC News report (“Chris Christie Says Lap Band Surgery Is All About Family” made it clear that the surgery was not done so that he could become a presidential candidate or gain celebrity status as a former lap band patient. Simply put, he said that his purpose was “about my family's future”. Bariatric surgeon Dr. Madan applauds Christie's initial success of losing 30 pounds after his February surgery, as indicated in a second May 7, 2013 ABC News report (“Chris Christie Had Secret Weight Loss Surgery”), and says that LAP-BAND® procedure can quickly instigate weight loss.

Motivations for weight loss, adds Dr. Madan, are not always just about losing the weight. Since added weight can affect length of life, add on additional health issues, and affect human relationships in a profound way, many patients decide to engage in lap band surgery in order to deal with deeper issues than just what shows in the mirror.

Certainly, it seemed clear from the first ABC News article that Governor Christie would have liked for the lap band installation to have remained a secret, calling the February surgery “nobody else's business”. The second ABC News article mentioned that Christie's top aides were not aware that he had had the surgery.

Christie's stated purpose in the first ABC News report was clear. He said that the surgery's main purpose was for “myself, my wife, and my children...and unlike some of you, they will still pay attention to me whether I run for president or not”. Personal reasons, such as the need to lose weight so that family members don't suffer, can be a much stronger reason than just losing pounds, says Dr. Madan. The difference is that the goal is quite clear and defined, rather than a general goal that others would like you to have. The same is true for losing a specific amount of weight, or getting rid of a particular type of health issue associated with extra weight, such as type 2 diabetes. This can help patients to persist when fighting through the struggles that come with making lifestyle changes.

The length of the surgery, says Dr. Madan, points to one of the biggest reasons why someone would want a weight loss surgery such as LAP-BAND®: time. Governor Christie made it clear in the first ABC News article that he was in surgery for a total of 40 minutes, and that “the lieutenant governor was not in charge for those 40 minutes, I was in charge”. Many patients are drawn to lap band because of the short surgical time as a one-day outpatient procedure, and because there are short follow-ups with physicians for adjustments rather than days of recovery. Gastric bypass, which often allows for more initial weight loss than just Christie's 30-pound loss, also takes more time for recovery, but Christie called it “too risky” in the second ABC News article.

Christie also pointed to a major roadblock to weight loss success in the second ABC News article: the daily habit of food. (“See, you can go live every day without drinking. You can live every day without taking drugs. You can't live every day without eating.”) Dr. Madan agrees that one of the other attractions of the lap band is that it restricts the necessary daily habit of eating, so that there's help in self-control.

Dr. Madan has written over 175 articles and performed over 2,000 weight loss surgeries in his career as a bariatric surgeon. After receiving his medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, he was first to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass in Memphis. Dr. Madan was also first in offering an incision-less treatment for weight gain after surgery. The University of Miami gave him the position of Chief of the Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Division, which may well count toward his expert status. Dr. Madan's commitment to finding innovative ways to take care of his patients resulted in the 2007 SAGES Young Investigator Award, and the honor of the American Medical Association Physican's Recognition Award. His patients' good reviews led toward Dr. Madan receiving the Patients' Choice Award in 2011 and 2012.

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