The Real Skinny on Weight Loss Surgery: An Indispensable Guide to What You Can Really Expect! First Edition Edition

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Dr. Randal Baker specializes in bariatric surgery and serves as Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Units at Spectrum Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University. His bio-absorbable staple line product won the 2002 American Medical Innovation of the Year award. His research received the prestigious international INAMED Award. Karen J. Sparks is a gastric bypass patient. She is a former Dean of Business Administration and Technology at Baker College, and has been teaching for fifteen years, specializing in management strategies, administrative functions, and technology applications, with emphasis on real world application through experiential learning. Julie M. Janeway is a gastric bypass patient. She is a previously published author, a former on-air legal correspondent for a Michigan ABC affiliate, and currently teaches at Central Michigan University. Julie Janeway has taught for twelve years, specializing in law, political science, and social science.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Little Victories Press; First Edition edition (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976767287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976767282
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,435,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Angie on August 2, 2005
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This is not a technical manual on WLS, and it's not meant to be. It's a very well rounded book that humerously provides pre-surgery, surgery, and post-surgery information. As a pre-WLS patient, I have found it to be most helpful in "real-life" presentation of all the information gaps that exist for pre-WLS patients. Very digestible read!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Cookie on November 12, 2006
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I purchased this book before my RNY surgery in a blitz to collect and read everything I could on this type of bariatric procedure. While this book is cleverly written, it's not nearly as good as my favorite, and the one I took to the hospital with me, "Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies", my bible.

I'm not sure if I believe these women when they detail their experiences. They've had every side-effect and complication, including some I ran to my surgeon with and neither he nor his entire staff had ever heard of. "Scramps" being one of them. Some of the things are laugh-out-loud funny, like when Karen goes out with her husband and doesn't realize that post-bariatric surgery, alcohol speeds right into your bloodstream. She winds up screaming in laughter at a barking dog when her husband is forced to drive her home.

This book is a good read, kind of like a Fannie Flagg book, but I wouldn't take it as law.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Mansell on August 16, 2005
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This was a great book! It is not a technical book but it is full of useful information that you don't necessarily get prior and during surgery. I had Bariatric surgery and wish I had this prior and during my process. I facilitate a support group and am more than willing to recommend this book to pre and post op individuals.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Paci on January 11, 2007
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As a person seriously pondering gastric bypass surgery I have read many books, but this is by far the best. It was very blunt about many topics...no sugar coating here. The authors got their points across through honesty and humor. The very personal and candid stories were hysterical. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Despite the education levels achieved by both authors, the book didn't talk over my head, facts were presented in interesting ways, and overall the book was very easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and already referred The Real Skinny to my weight loss surgeon's office as a 'must read'. Highly, highly recommended for anybody contemplating weight loss surgery!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lu on June 15, 2007
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Please know that the experiences of these two women cannot necessarily be generalized to all people who opt for weight loss surgery. Between them, the authors have suffered just about every malady that could ever occur with anyone who ever had weight loss surgery - and even a couple new things.

My WLS group read and discussed it and almost everyone agreed that the authors either were not well educated about WLS prior to their experience or that they choose to 'forget' or disregard the information. Their description of what happens when they try to dine at an all-you-can-eat buffet is gross and unnecessary.

It's my hope that anyone considering WLS doesn't see this as a true representation, but instead as the journey of two women. Many people don't have the complications listed here (espeically with lapband).

So...read it, but don't take it as gospel.

As the commercials used to say: Your mileage may vary....
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By libraryminx on October 6, 2006
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This is an indispensable resource for patients who have had or are considering gastric bypass surgery. It is written by two real patients, in conjunction with their surgeon. This is a frank and easily understandable book that gives a balanced and honest portrait of both the risks and the rewards of weight loss surgery.

The thing I loved the most about The Real Skinny on Weight Loss Surgery is the friendly, almost chatty tone of the authors. It's like listening to a description of the surgery by two of your closest girlfriends. Chapters written by the doctor give additional information from a reliable medical perspective. This is an excellent book for all rny patients to read; it really makes you feel like you are not alone in your suffering and your triumphs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Roth on March 8, 2007
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If you are looking to have Weight Loss Surgery I think that this book is a must have. It is honest and real and tells you things you can expect to happen with out the "sugar coating".
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