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Lap-Band for Life
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2006
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Lap-Band for Life provides a good overview of this form of weight loss surgery by a person who is truly passionate about the procedure and his practice. It introduces a concept that makes many WLS surgeons in the United States quite uncomfortable:

It is possible to obtain your goal weight using the far less invasive (and less expensive) Lap-band surgery.

Many WLS surgeons routinely tell patients "You can't lose all the weight you want with the band." That's simply not true. Many people have and many people do. If you are considering gastric bypass, this book should be on your "must read" list. Please read it before letting a surgeon re-arrange what your favorite deity or evolution (take your pick) created.

That said, it is not a perfectly edited book and is often more conversational in tone than technical. It should not be your only source of information about this surgery, but it should definitely be in your resource list.

Please read this book and research Lap-Band before you commit to a completely irreversible procedure. Contrary to what we were told by a surgeon, the Lap-Band DOES work for the morbidly obese.

If gastric bypass was the ultimate and final, absolutely the best surgical solution to obesity, Carnie Wilson wouldn't be on Celebrity Fit Club.

Personally, I believe the 1-star review of this book written by a supposed medical "editor", but riddled with punctuation, capitalization, and basic grammatical errors is nothing more than a shill for a competing unpublished product.

It is truly ironic that she thinks Dr. Ortiz considers himself a "medical deity". My wife and I spoke with him face to face and he said, "Some surgeons think they're God. I'm not rearranging what God made; I'm just putting a little squeeze on it."
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2006
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I found this book to be very easy to read as well as very informative. He managed to keep the medical and surgical details at a level that the lay person could understand, while being very detailed.

This book covers the surgery procedure from pre-op doctor's visits, working with your insurance company and suggestions for self-pay, all the way through the surgery itself, how to eat for the next month, and the post surgery lifestyle. Details include the surgery itself, how the fills are done and possible complications during or after surgery.

I think anyone who is considering the band and the people closest to them should read this book before hand.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2006
Dr. Ortiz explains everything about the surgery in his book in a very easy to read and understandable approach. It is divided into sections so you don't have to read everything at once. I have not been banded yet but he will be doing my surgery on June 28th. Even if he is not your surgeon, this book is very informative and answers all of your questions.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2006
I have been researching lapband surgery for myself and purchased the book, Lap-band for life by Ariel Ortiz Lagardere MD FACS, and found it very informational. There was definitely enough information to help me with my decision. I would purchase it again. The book is written from a Doctor that practices in Mexico so not everything he describes is the way they do it in the United States but Dr Ortiz did touch basis on the U.S. and other countries' procedures, with that said, I still found it very helpful. I also found that obesityhealth.com and their message boards are also very helpful. Sk
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Read all you can BEFORE surgery, ask tons of questions... but know none of this will really be exactly what happens for you as it is ALL a personal journey- it is your journey...I've been banded two years and I've got to say unless you do "the work" on the reasons you got fat in the first place, unless you can accept how things are presently- accept responsiblity for your health...you need help, this is not work you can do alone- otherwise you would have already (!)...it is a long journey- the lap band is not a total solution...only a tool.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2007
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This was a very informative but biased book. It's author though knowledgable is on the payroll of the INAMED company that manufactures the Lap Band in the USA. If you are considering this procedure, be sure to get information from unbiased sources included your own physician and surgeon. This is not a one stop book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2006
Dr. Ortiz's book was invaluable in helping me make the personal decision to have lapband surgery. I actually scheduled my surgery with Dr. Ortiz and had a wonderful experience. I find myself using this book at least weekly as a reference tool. It is very well written and covers everything you need to know about considering surgery to caring for yourself post-op.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2006
Dr. Ortiz saved my life. After reading his book, I decided to have the lap band surgery & I am very grateful to him & the information I read in the book. It has been a very good source for me to turn to before & after surgery. I keep it with me everywhere I go. It it easy to read & put into a format that I was able to understand. There is a section for questions that are typically asked. I didn't have to search the book when I needed a question answered. It has been over a year since I originally purchased this book & I still refer to it. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2006
I had been researching the LAP BAND in order to make an informed decision for myself. This book was very helpful in that endeavor. I was banded 9/29/06 in Mexico and so far, it's been a great experience. This book helped me to "know what I didn't know" and thus, gave me some peace of mind. Even though I did not use Dr Ortiz, I believe he is one of the best and most knowledgeable in his field.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2006
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This is good basic information about the Lap Band, but it did not answer all of my questions.
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