Of course, the political punditry couldn’t help but attribute the move to the governor’s possible presidential run in 2016, but Christie contends that he decided to have bariatric surgery to ensure a healthier future for himself and his family.
“Last fall, I was turning 50 and it really was a moment of reflection for me,” Christie told NBC’s Brian Williams. “And so I really just felt like for Mary Pat and for the kids that I needed to take a more significant step to try to get my weight under control so that I could have a really active next half of my life.”
In the decision process, Governor Christie consulted Dr. George Fielding of New York University, a weight loss surgery pioneer, and they concluded that lap band surgery was the best option.
Like other weight loss surgeries, lap band surgery is a restrictive procedure, which means that it is designed to limit the amount of food one can eat.
The laparoscopic procedure is minimally invasive, entirely performed through one tiny incision, through which the surgeon places an adjustable band around the top of the stomach. In order to effectively lose weight, bariatric surgery patients have to follow their doctor’s diet recommendations after bariatric surgery.
Governor Christie says it isn’t difficult to limit what he eats, but it is taking some time for him to get used to not being as hungry as he was before.
“The biggest thing about it for me has been I’m just not very hungry anymore and that’s a huge change for me,” Christie told Williams.
Christie was fortunate enough to be able to afford to have the procedure in the United States, where it can cost $15,000 to $20,000 on average. Unfortunately, such high costs keep this life changing procedure out of reach for many Americans suffering from severe obesity.
But there is an alternative. Many, actually. Lap band surgery in Mexico can cost half of what U.S. hospitals charge. Each year, thousands of Americans take the first step towards a healthier future by getting lap band in Mexicali, Tijuana, and other cities in Mexico for a fraction of the price.
An added bonus for medical travelers is that they can turn their trip into a vacation, a great reason to get out and see a part of the world they have always wanted to explore. Luckily, Mexico is not the only country that offers affordable deals on weight loss surgery.
With the help of Bariatric Surgery World, there is a very good chance that patients will be able to find affordable weight loss surgery in whatever part of the world tickles their fancy. From lap band in Belgium to gastric plication in Bangalore, India, one can find an excellent surgeon at a world class hospital that performs bariatric surgery.
Obese patients who, like Governor Christie, are ready to ensure a happier, healthier future for themselves and their loved ones can contact Bariatric Surgery World today to find an exotic destination for affordable lap band surgery.