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MAY 07, 2013 - Time

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Gov. Chris Christie’s Weight Loss Surgery Demystified

When N.J. Gov. Chris Christie quietly opted for weight-loss surgery in February, he chose the safest — but often least effective — procedure. Patients who undergo gastric band surgery — Lap-Band is the trade name — can lose between a third to half of their body weight. But about 10% of patients lose nothing at all, says Dr. Philip Schauer, a bariatric surgeon at The Cleveland Clinic who was not involved in Christie’s care. Before surgery, Christie weighed about 350 pounds, estimates Schauer. “He’s about 150 pounds overweight so a very good result would be if he lost 75 pounds,” says Schauer. ... Read More

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