Introduction 1 Part I: Is Weight Loss Surgery for You? 7 Chapter 1: The Ins and Outs of Weight Loss Surgery 9 Chapter 2: Voting for Surgery: Are You a Candidate? 19 Chapter 3: Incision Decisions: Your Surgical Options 33 Chapter 4: Understanding the Risks of Surgery 53 Chapter 5: Drafting Your Dream Team: It's More Than a Surgeon 69 Part II: Preparing for Surgery 79 Chapter 6: Paying for Surgery: No Assurance of Insurance 81 Chapter 7: Making the Grade: Testing Prior to Surgery 91 Chapter 8: Preparing Yourself Physically and Mentally: Getting in Tip-Top Pre-Op Shape 103 Part III: The Hospital Experience and Beyond 115 Chapter 9: Checking In and Out: Your Hospital Stay 117 Chapter 10: Knowing What You Can Eat for the First Few Months 133 Chapter 11: Starting on Solid Food 155 Chapter 12: Home Sweet Home: Returning after Surgery 171 Chapter 13: Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It?s Back to Work You Go! 181 Part IV: This Time I'm Going to Make It: Ensuring Success 189 Chapter 14: What Is Success Anyway 191 Chapter 15: Food for Thought: An Eating Plan for the Rest of Your Life 201 Chapter 16: Getting It in Gear: Making Exercise Part of Your Routine 233 Chapter 17: Enlisting Outside Help 249 Part V: Changing Outside and In 257 Chapter 18: Avoiding Potential Pitfalls: Physical Challenges 259 Chapter 19: Dealing with Post-Op Emotional Issues: What's Eating At You? 269 Chapter 20: Me, Myself, and I: Your Relationship with Yourself 281 Chapter 21: Working At Relationships: Family, Friends, and Everyone in Between 293 Chapter 22: Now That I?m Thin, What about the Skin? 307 Part VI: The Part of Tens 319 Chapter 23: Ten Weight Loss Surgery Myths 321 Chapter 24: Ten Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery 327 Chapter 25: Ten Ways to Stay on the Straight and Narrow 331 Index 335
Marina S. Kurian, MD, is a weight loss surgeon at NYU Medical Center. Barbara Thompson is a nationally recognized speaker who brings hope to the dangerously obese. Brian K. Davidson is the coauthor of Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies.