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on October 2, 2006
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but riddled with punctuation, capitalization, and basic grammatical errors is nothing more than a shill for a competing unpublished product.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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on July 8, 2006
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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on December 19, 2014
Good info so I tried it but never lost weight so I had it taken out and had the sleeve done. Lost 26 lbs in the first 3 weeks.
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on October 28, 2009
This book is great to soon to be banders and their family and friends. It has all the info you need to know about being banded.. from the preop to surgery to aftercare and what to expect from the band and what you should do yourself to be sucessfull!!! I am being banded on Nov. 11th by Dr Ortiz and this book answered almost all my questions!!
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on January 20, 2013
This book has not been a go-to book for me since my lap-bank surgery 3 years ago but may deserve another look.
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on March 2, 2015
Great
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on December 7, 2014
Very informative especially liked the testimonials
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on November 2, 2014
good information
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on September 2, 2014
This was okay, there are better resources online, or on the market. This would not be my first choice in books about Lap-Bands.
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on April 1, 2007
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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