New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s weight-loss surgery made headlines recently and raised speculation that he might be preparing for a presidential campaign in 2016.
For patients like Gov. Christie, bariatric surgery is just the start of a process that still entails a lot of hard work to lose the weight and keep it off, as The Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out in its story “Surgery – and then the hard part.”
As Jefferson surgeon David Tichansky, MD, director of Jefferson’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program, told the newspaper patients who undergo the surgery still much change their eating habits and start exercising.
“A lot of times people don’t focus on this and it’s probably the most important part,” Dr. Tichansky told the paper. “The surgery’s just a tool to help people stay on a diet, but it’s still a diet.”
The Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program
Jefferson’s Program consists of a team of experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals offering you the safest, most successful bariatric surgery experience possible. Our board certified surgeons collaborate with our nurse practitioners, dieticians, psychologists and medical consultant physicians – taking time to get to know you to help ensure you receive the highest-quality care.
The decision to have weight-loss surgery should not be taken lightly. As you explore these potentially life-changing procedures, you’re sure to have plenty of questions and/or concerns. We encourage you to reach out to our team and attend one of our bariatric surgery seminars where you can meet our team and ask your questions.
And as Dr. Tichansky told The Inquirer, the surgery is a tool. That’s why our team continues to work with you after your recovery and through your weight-loss journey.