Book Review: Gastric Bypass Surgery, by McGowan and Chopra

Gastric Bypass Surgery follows a question-and-answer format divided into seven main catagories: determining candidacy for WLS, a breakdown of different procedures and how they work, an overview of the risks, preparing for surgery, postoperative concerns, nutrition, and exercise. The book’s cover boasts that 150 questions are answered within in its pages, but I certainly don’t feel 150-answers-wiser.

The chapters on candidacy through preparing for surgery were all old-hat to me. The information in these chapters would be suitable for someone just beginning to research weight loss surgery, though the same information could be found via internet research.

For me, the book became somewhat interesting around the “postoperative concerns” chapter, which includes a pretty useful discussion of plastic surgery and likely means of achieving insurance coverage though, again, the same information is available online.

The nutrition chapter goes over a generic food plan, covering the clear liquids, liquids, soft foods, and normal eating stages of the post-surgery diet. Some suggested meals are included, which I find to be helpful. If I get to the post-op stage and need some variety, it may be helpful for me to revisit this chapter.

The exercise chapter is generic at best, recommending walking and regular, consistent exercise for optimum weight loss. But we already knew that.

After the seven Q & A sections, the book moves into a set of appendices that, in my opinion, are the most useful parts of the book. One appendix includes a sample physician’s letter of medical necessity, the next includes a letter of appeal, followed by a very short list of websites and a glossary. Again, all of this information is available for free online, but I think the sample letters are useful nonetheless.

Overall, no thumbs up.

9780071431927.jpgISBN: 0-07-143192-6


One Response

  1. […] 19, 2007 After the last book earned a resounding no thumbs up, this one was a nice reprieve from the monotony of most WLS texts. […]

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