I watched Friday's 20/20 episode this weekend called "Losing It: The Big Fat Money Pit."
I was fascinated by the approximate 7 minutes that was spent on the 1-800-Get-Slim surgeons, the Omidi brothers, who may have allegedly caused the deaths of FIVE Lap-Band patients. Wow. Check out the video here. (ABC News)
This makes me so glad that I thoroughly researched which surgeon would do my surgery.
I even researched the option to go to Mexico and have my surgery. No way, not for me.
In my first appointment/consult with my surgeon back in August of 2009, I had a post-it note full of questions that I asked my surgeon. I hope he felt like I was interviewing him for a job, 'cuz that's exactly what I was doing.
Research your surgeon, OK? Promise? Go to the Lap-Band site and see what surgeons are in located in your area.
Onwards to the Lap-Bander, named "Cassie," in the 1-800-Get-Slim commercial that was shown in the 20/20 episode.
I have serious issues with her quote from the TV and billboard ads:
"The Lap-Band is the easiest thing I've ever done."
I wonder if Cassie came up with that tag line on her own? I doubt it. Probably the crafty work of an advertising agency.
I can think of LOTS of things that are easier than being cut open and having a silicone device put inside me.
I can think of LOTS of things that are easier than going through the recovery and pain of surgery.
I can think of LOTS of things that easier than having to follow a new way of eating and making exercise a priority for THE REST OF MY LIFE.
And let me tell ya, all that HARD WORK is absolutely worth it!
What did you think of the 20/20 episode?