1. AngieJ
    September 25, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Lap band is a relatively safe surgery in the correct hands. Rather than telling people not to do it, isn't it better to direct them to Centers for Excellence such as USC University Hispital. .People that have never been significantly overweight have no idea. Yes after surgery they must still deal with their food issues but to suggest there's no place for surgery for a person who "only has 40 -50 pounds to lose is shortsighted and insensitive.


  2. Laura
    September 25, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    I disagree with the comment above. Although there are certain situations in which it might be the right choice, and I try to judge no one, generally speaking surgery should be the absolutely last option a person has to lose weight (and I am a significantly overweight person). Beyond the tragedy of a death, there have also been endless life long complications noted and many have simply gained the weight back. The ideal — which I still strive to find and which I am even in therapy for — is doing it the old fashioned way and getting your head right to be able to deal with it. Just my two cents.


  3. Susan Dopart
    September 25, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Thank you AngieJ and Laura for your comments. I do believe sometimes surgery is an option for those who are in the over 400 pound range and see no way out of it. However, be it due to what I've seen in my practice and at UCLA most people eventually regain their weight and have deficiencies to deal with as well as having the pain of gaining back the weight and starting over.

    I have to agree with Laura that the good old-fashioned way, however painful, is in the long run the most successful. 2 things are required – motivation and how important is it? If one has the motivation and it is important to them, they will stick in there for the long haul.


  4. Paula's former coworker
    October 15, 2011 @ 9:13 am


    I worked with Paula in 2009. She lost about 50 pounds in less than 5 months drinking some sort of "tea" that a doctor prescribed to her. She lost her job at the end of 2009 (partly because she stayed wired on the "tea") and this is the first I've heard of her since. Unfortunately, Paula was one of those poor souls to whom you refer. She had to have the quick fix.


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