Governor Christie is adding years to his life by having lap-band surgery


I am very pleased that Gov. Chris Christie came out publicly to talk about his weight-reduction surgery. I know that for years he has struggled with his weight, but one thing is for sure now: He will add years to his life.

By doing this at the age of 50, he could potentially reverse all the negative side effects of obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, early joint-degeneration and cardiovascular disease.
I am also very happy that he is the governor of the state of New Jersey, because he continues to show us that pragmatism and common sense always works.
I spoke with Dr. Hans Schmidt, the director of the bariatric surgery center at Hackensack Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, to find out more about the lap-band procedure.
What is lap band surgery?
“It’s a laparoscopic procedure, meaning it is done through small incisions. The gist of it is that you’re putting an adjustable band – a circular ring – around the upper stomach. It is then connected through tubing that goes to a port under the skin, which doctors can use to adjust the band.”