The Patient’s Guide Review

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The Patient’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery is a book that attempts to answer reader questions and concerns about the different kinds of weight loss surgery. It is important for a patient to understand weight loss surgery before having such a dramatic procedure. In the book, there are chapters that discuss everything from problems with surgery to emotional issues that may arise before or after surgery.

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The purpose of the Patient’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery is to give a potential patient the most information possible to prepare him or help him decide whether or not to go through with the surgery. This book covers four types of weight loss surgery, gastric bypass, vertical banded gastroplasty, bileopancreatic diversion, and the gastric band. The book explains what these four surgeries involve, along with any bad side effects. Positives are also discussed in the Patient’s Guide to Weight Loss, as well as the dangers of obesity and what problems it can cause.

The chapters in this book, besides the one explaining the surgeries, cover body image issues, obesity, how one’s own body can influence losing weight, diet aids, why one can gain weight through dieting, why diets are problematic, how to determine one’s level of obesity, how to have a healthy outlook, and testimonials from people who have had the surgery. Some of the accounts are from those who had successful surgeries, while others are from those who did not have success with weight loss procedures. There are websites listed where more information can be found, a quiz about weight loss surgery, guides to find facilities that perform weight loss surgeries, and a copy of what a weight loss surgery release form might look like.

One negative thing about his book is that it was published in 2004, making it several years old and potentially dated. Apparently, the author of the book had weight loss surgery in 1999, so her experience may have been different than current methods. Another aspect that might make the book one-sided is that weight loss surgery is portrayed in a negative light, as an absolute last resort. The details in the book may be overwhelming to those who imagine that this drastic weight loss method is the healthiest way to lose weight.

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  • Detailed explanations and information.
  • Author has experience as a weight loss surgery patient.


  • Information could be dated because it has been several years since publication.
  • The author had her surgery in 1999, so methods of surgery may have changed since then.
  • Potential one-sided look at weight loss surgery.


The Patient’s Guide to Weight Loss has detailed information that the reader who is considering weight loss surgery will find useful. Despite the year of publication, the book may be helpful in getting a general idea of what is in store for the weight loss surgery patient.

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