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A Complete Guide to Obesity Surgery: Everything You Need to Know About Weight Loss Surgery and How to Succeed Paperback – July 6, 2006

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About the Author

Bryan G. Woodward, MPH, LCEP, has been helping people live healthier lives for over 10 years. As a Licensed Clinical Exercise Physiologist, he holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Public Health in Nutrition from Tulane University. His past experience includes adjunct instructor for Tulane University, program director for the New Orleans branch of the Department of Treasury's corporate fitness program, exercise/nutrition consultant for the University Hospital Weight Management Center and clinic coordinator for the St. Charles General Weight Management Center also in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is the program director for the Live Light Surgically Assisted Weight Loss Program in Biloxi, Mississippi.

As apparent by his initiation into the American society for Bariatric Surgery as an Associate Member, Mr. Woodward has concentrated his professional activities on the management of adult obesity. Over the last seven years he has helped over 3500 patients in their search for a healthier weight. His knowledge of bariatric surgery comes from working with five different bariatric surgeons and the patient preparation and postoperative programs for six different surgical procedures. He has been instrumental in developing numerous policies that have improved bariatric surgery patient outcomes. As seen and heard through his many television, radio, and lecture appearances, he has great passion in his role as an advocator of surgery for the moribidly obese and has been actively educating the medical community and insurance companies about the necessity of such treatments. He brings a wealth of clinical and hospital administrative experience in the area of bariatric medicine that is matched by only a few peers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing; 1 edition (July 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552126641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552126646
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you're a pre-op wondering what sort of weight loss surgery you want and how to get it, or a recent post-op wondering "now what?", this is a good basic handbook. It covers a lot of territory, from considering the processes to living with the results. On the other hand, it is badly enough written that I found the written style distracting.
If you're only going to buy one book, this is probably the best choice. On the other hand, Barbara Thompson's "Weight Loss Surgery: Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You" covers most of the same ground, but concentrates on RNY, and puts more emphasis on the personal experience of the patient. It is also considerably better written.If RNY may be in your future, I'd suggest that you force yourself to read this one, then read Ms. Thompson's as a reward.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bibliomaniac on May 26, 2005
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I've been doing extensive research on this surgery and have read most of the books out there. This is by far the best one, not only because of the information, but because of the excellent format. It is easy to find exactly what you're looking for. It contains diagrams and charts. It gives the reader a comprehensive look at the process and doubles as a handbook for patients as they have their surgeries and cope with post surgical issues. In other books, the reader has to wade through a lot of narrative or personal experience material; this one gives you the straight stuff. I highly recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2003
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I read every book on gastric bypass surgery that I could find, and this one is by far the best. The book includes everything from the technicalities of the surgery to lists of questions to ask to recipes. I initially borrowed it from a friend, but had to buy it myself because I found it so useful. This is one book I have referenced again and again throughout my WLS experience!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2003
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The book provides solid information on various WLS procedures and lists of questions to ask your surgeon as you go through the process. Highly recommended for anyone considering WLS.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 2003
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This is a very useful and complete guide for anyone interested in finding out more about the surgery itself or for anyone that wants info after surgery as well. I read many books on this subject and this was one of the best. Complete, informative and easy to read. A must for anyone pre-op or even post-op.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2002
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It won't matter what stage you are at - this book covers every major type of WLS and the insurance process- it then goes over the actual typical surgery day and recovery. VERY ACCURATE! The Post-op section was great - I ended up giving my copy to a friend who had surgery the same day as me and am now ordering a second copy for myself!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol on April 23, 2012
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We purchased this book as a mandatory first step to my husband having a gastric bypass procedure. It is an honest and accurate guide to what every patient needs to know prior to and following bypass surgery. Now that my husband has had the operation, he uses it daily to guide him through the post surgery phase of his journey. We would recommend it for anyone that is considering having any type of obesity surgery.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2002
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This book covers all the bases so well that my surgeon requires all his pre-ops to read it. The information on how to deal with insurance problems is especially helpful. I must say, though, the frequent mistakes in grammar, the often awkward sentence structure, and several passages that simply make no sense are distracting. I have read several similar books, and this one is the best of the bunch.
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