New Jersey Gov. Chris Christierevealed this week that he underwent Lap-Band surgery two weeks after eating a doughnut during a guest appearance on 'Late Night With David Letterman' in February.
He visited pioneer Dr. George Fielding at New York University and asked, "Well, do I really need this?" The specialist responded, "If you came in here with cancer and I told you I had a 40-minute surgery that'd give you a 90 percent chance of cure, would you sign up? If the answer is yes, then why wouldn't you do that to cure obesity?"
The surgery, less-invasive than several other gastric band options, allowed the governor to return home following the 40-minute same day outpatient procedure. He had the surgery under an assumed name and kept the news private for several months before going public within the past few days.
The downside of Lap-Band is that the governor will have to undergo multiple follow-up surgical procedures to tighten the band as he progresses on his weight loss journey.
His doctors told him to expect slow progress of 1-2 pounds per week with this type of procedure. Christie has reportedly lost between 30-40 pounds so far, putting him right on track according to his physician.
It won't be a slam dunk from here on out according to Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' chief health and medical correspondent. He cautions, "Only about half of patients will have long-term success. Christie still needs to practice good eating habits, exercise and seek a supportive environment to keep the weight off long term."
Chris Christie, 50, married Mary Pat Foster in 1986. They have four children: Andrew, 20, Sarah, 17, Patrick, 13, and Bridget, 10.
Check out his NBC interview with Brian Williams filmed today:
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