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NY Jets Head Coach Ryan Undergoes LAP-BAND Weight Loss Surgery

NY Jets Head Coach Ryan Undergoes LAP-BAND Weight Loss Surgery


New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan underwent LAP-BAND® weight reduction surgery last month, determined to reduce the weight on his 6-foot-3-inch frame from 338 pounds on the day of surgery to 250 pounds. His doctors think the 47-year-old Ryan can go even further.

Speaking to reporters at the National Football League's annual meeting, Ryan said he lost about 20 pounds in the first two weeks after the surgery, which reduces the food capacity of the stomach. He admitted concerns about his health led him to the operating table.

Ryan Wants to Live to See Grandchildren

"I want to be around and enjoy my kids, see my grandkids," Ryan said, acknowledging that weight-related health issues threatened to shorten his life.

A friend in the league referred Ryan to Dr. George Fielding during the season, but the surgeon convinced the coach to wait until the season ended, since recovery from the surgery would not have been feasible while Ryan was working.

Fielding is a big believer in the weight loss surgery. Before he underwent the procedure, he lost 80 pounds six times, only to put it back. After his own LAP-BAND® surgery, he lost 100 pounds and has kept it off for 10 years. Fielding said modern life has made it easy to gain weight and difficult for some to lose it without medical intervention.

Postsurgical Diet Does Not Limit Food Choices

LAP-BAND® surgery is laparoscopic surgery to install a constricting band around the upper portion of the stomach, significantly reducing its capacity. As a result, smaller quantities of food will satisfy the patient's appetite. Whereas the more complicated gastric bypass surgery requires patients to permanently avoid certain foods, success with LAP-BAND® procedure requires only reduced food quantities.

The laparoscope is a miniature video camera incorporated into a flexible rod that can be inserted through a very small incision to provide a view of the surgical site on a video monitor. The stomach band is inserted and positioned through an adjacent small incision. Also known as minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic surgery significantly reduces tissue trauma and blood loss, and facilitates shorter recovery times.

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