Bariatric Surgery Book List

The Expert's Guide to Weight-Loss Surgery:
Is it right for me? What happens during surgery? How do I keep the weight off?

By Garth Davis, MD (2010) - This book is a great guide to weight-loss surgery that is written by a leading bariatric surgeon. As the cofounder of an obesity clinic at Houston's Methodist Hospital, Dr. Garth Davis has helped hundreds of patients manage the emotional and physical effects of being more than a hundred pounds overweight. His successful program was featured on the hit TLC show Big Medicine. In this handbook, Dr. Davis delivers the expert advice that his patients use to overcome issues surrounding their obesity, help shed the weight and regain a healthy body. With anecdotes from real-life patients and a complete diet and exercise plan that ensures long-term success, Dr. Davis shows how anyone can achieve a healthy weight through surgery.

The Patient's Guide to Weight Loss Surgery:
Everything You Need To Know About Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery

By April Hochstrasser, PhD, and S. Ross Fox, MD (2009) - After frustrating and failed attempts with traditional dieting methods, more and more people are turning to weight loss surgery. More than 100,000 people undergo weight loss surgery each year and that number is growing rapidly. The Patient’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery is an indispensable guide for surgery candidates and their families. It explains in easy-to-understand language everything you need to know about this increasingly popular surgical procedure. It is a current and reliable source of information for anyone who wants to make an informed decision about gastric bypass and bariatric surgery. Information contained in this book includes descriptions of the different kinds of weight loss surgery, the risks and rewards of each procedure, how to choose the right procedure and surgeon, ways to cope with the emotional changes that accompany a dramatic change in body size, compelling stories of patients who have had the surgery, and the financial and insurance considerations of weight loss surgery.

The Real Skinny on Weight Loss Surgery:
An Indispensable Guide to What You Can Really Expect!

By Julie M. Janeway, Karen J. Sparks, and Randal S. Baker, MD, FACS (2007) - Written by two successful surgical weight loss patients (Janeway and Sparks) and a Board Certified practicing surgeon, this book provides the necessary information to patients who are considering weight loss surgery. Readers can expect to learn about each of the different types of weight loss surgeries and what it’s really like to live day-to-day as a weight loss surgery patient.

The Doctor’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery:
How to Make the Decision That Could Save Your Life

By Louis Flancbaum, MD (2003) - Expert bariatric surgeon Louis Flancbaum (St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, and Columbia University) has written an excellent and reassuring guide for those considering bariatric surgery. He clearly outlines the surgical options, explaining each type along with its risks and possible complications, as well as expected outcomes. He also explains what to expect before, during, and after surgery, discussing selection of a surgeon, insurance coverage, the surgery itself, pain control, diet, and (rarely) re-operation. Resources and recipes are appended.

Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies
by Marina S. Kurian, MD, Barbara Thompson and Brian K. Davidson (2005) - Considering weight loss surgery? This gentle guide helps you find out whether you qualify. It gives you the scoop on selecting the best center and surgical team, understanding today’s different procedures, and achieving the best results. You also get tips on eating properly and preparing appetizing meals after surgery, as well as easing back into your day-to-day life. Dr. Kurian did Al Roker’s gastric bypass and is often a guest on Oprah.

Bandwagon: Strategies for Success with the Adjustable Gastric Band
By Jean McMillan (2010) - Jean McMillan, "the fairy bandmother", presents Bandwagon, a giant encyclopedia of adjustable gastric band advice. Packed with information about the band, Bandwagon augments the guidance offered by bariatric professionals, providing bariatric patients with practical strategies for weight loss success and life with the band. A "bandster" herself, Jean serves up meaty portions of instruction and advice, liberally seasoned with humor and common sense. Bandwagon includes 30 bandster before and after photographs.

Exodus from Obesity: Second Edition
By Paula F. Peck, RN (2012) - This book is a clear guide that gives readers a thorough, step-by-step approach for undergoing gastric bypass surgery and for creating a new life thereafter. It focuses on the lifestyle changes needed for maintaining long-term weight loss after surgery. It includes tips for preventing binge eating when hunger returns, skills for dining out at restaurants, salad bars, and parties, identifies triggers that set off out-of-control eating, approaches for overcoming self-defeat, ways to change a distorted self-image, methods for restructuring relationship and dealing with sexuality, and new attitudes for increasing self-esteem and celebrating a new life.

The Success Habits of Weight-Loss Surgery Patients
By Colleen M. Cook (2003) - This book offers time and people tested principles for long-term success after weight loss surgery and are the results of years of research of long-term weight loss surgery patients. They work regardless of the particular type of weight-loss surgery you may have had. Whether you are investigating weight-loss surgery, a new patient, or out a few years, you'll find this book educational and motivational.

Weight Loss Surgery - Everything You Wanted To Know - Before and After
By Michelle Border (2012) - This book offers information about what happens during weight loss surgery, who is the ideal candidate for weight loss surgery, types of weight loss surgery, preparing for surgery, what to expect after your surgery, and much more. This is a definitive guide for leading you through the confusing web of bariatric surgery options.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding: Achieving Permanent Weight Loss with Minimally Invasive Surgery
By Jess H. Ahroni, PhD, ARNP (2004) - This book is a valuable resource for anyone who is considering laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. Dr. Ahroni uses her experiences as a clinician and a gastric band patient to guide you through the process of losing weight and learning to live with your adjustable gastric band. In clear and easy-to-understand language, Dr. Ahroni points out the things you need to know to make your weight loss journey a success.

Self-Help
The Emotional First + Aid Kit:
A Practical Guide to Life After Bariatric Surgery,
Second Edition
By Cynthia L. Alexander (2009) - The focus of this book is to help those who desire weight loss surgery or who have had weight loss surgery learn realistic and practical strategies for handling the emotional challenges and changes encountered before and after surgery. Some of the highlights of this book include offering strategies to relieve stress without using food, modify unhealthy behavior, overcome hurdles to establishing a consistent exercise program, deal with negative reactions by friends, family, and spouse to your weight loss, and prevent relapse...and more.

The Weight Loss Surgery Workbook:
Deciding on Bariatric Surgery, Preparing for the Procedure,
and Changing Habits for Post-Surgery Success
(New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook)
By Doreen A. Samelson, EdD, MSCP and Arnold D. Salzberg, MD (2011) - This workbook may serve as a guide through the steps of weight loss surgery from preparing for surgery through ways to make a smooth transition into post-surgery life. Written by a medical psychologist who has counseled many clients through weight loss surgery, it offers skills from cognitive behavioral therapy to help you make the critical pre-surgery lifestyle changes and adjustments to your eating and exercise habits that will enable you to maintain the best results after the procedure. This workbook may help you decide whether bariatric surgery is right for you, tackle issues of problem eating and emotional eating, and help transition patients after surgery to find peace with their new bodies. This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, this book offers powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

The Weight Loss Surgery Coping Companion:
A Practical Guide for Coping with Post-Surgery Emotions

By Tanie Miller Kabala, PhD and Tracy Lee Rosen (2011) - This book is written for people who have already had weight loss surgery and offers healthy new strategies for coping with challenging feelings. This book is insightful and written with sensitivity to provide specific strategies for coping with anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, identity confusion, and the compulsion to overeat-- emotions common to the post-surgery period. There are many quotes from actual weight loss surgery patients which give a personalized feel to the writing and also allow readers to recognize that they are not alone in their challenges.

The Sleeved Life:
A Patient-to-Patient Guide on Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Weight Loss Surgery

By Pennie Nicola (2012) - Pennie Nicola lost over 100 pounds after having a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. This book is designed to help other potential weight loss surgery patients learn more about this bariatric procedure. Pennie combines her personal experience with the latest research to answer questions about the gastric sleeve, such as: Why did you choose the sleeve instead of other weight loss surgery options? How do I begin looking for a sleeve surgeon? What does a typical pre-op diet look like? What is surgery day like? What will my diet look like after surgery? How do you handle the stigma of weight loss surgery? How is my goal weight determined? How many calories do you eat, on average? Are there any foods you can’t eat? How much food can you eat in one sitting? Does hunger come back? Can the sleeve get stretched out? How do you deal with weight loss stalls? How many vitamins do you take every day? How much weight should I expect to lose with the sleeve? What does a maintenance diet look like? This book outlines the answers to these questions and more, with personal experience and sound advice throughout.

Eat It Up! The Complete Mind/Body/Spirit Guide to a Full Life After Weight Loss Surgery
By Connie Stapleton, PhD (2009) - This book is written for people who have already had weight loss surgery and incorporates a whole person, mind/body/spirit approach to prevent weight regain in the months and years following weight loss surgery. Each chapter explains obesity's negative impact and offers skills and strategies to overcome difficulties following surgery. Written with humor, compassion and a "firm and fair" approach, this book will give people the tools they need to prevent weight regain in the years following weight loss surgery.

Memoirs
Before & After, Revised Edition: Living and Eating Well After Weight-Loss Surgery
By Susan Maria Leach (2007) - At 278 pounds, Susan Maria Leah couldn't lie in bed without gasping for air, wasn't able to fit into a restaurant booth, and could barely buckle the belt in an airplane seat. Enough was enough. In 2001, Susan underwent gastric bypass surgery and started on a journey that would not only cut her body weight in half but would change her life forever. This book is the true story of her incredible journey to a healthier and more fulfilled life. In addition to being a memoir, this book also contains 100 recipes specifically designed for weight loss surgery patients and includes everything from Roasted Salmon with Mango Salsa and Italian Meatballs, to Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake and Lemon Meringue Pie.

A Diary of Gastric Bypass Surgery: When the Benefits Outweigh the Costs
By Darlene K. Drummond (2008) - While gastric bypass surgery is often touted by the media as "the easy way out," and American health care professionals increasingly endorse weight loss surgery for a population plagued by obesity and its complications, A Diary of Gastric Bypass Surgery discloses the sacrifices, suffering, and commitment required to endure this complicated procedure. Using personal diary entries between 2002 and 2006, the author details her life-altering decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Drummond, an African American woman diagnosed as morbidly obese, diabetic, and hypertensive, describes her family history of chronic illness and obesity and shares conversations with health professionals, family, friends, coworkers, and support groups both before and after the procedure. She also includes her weekly grocery expenses, out-of-pocket medical expenses, reactions to media stories on celebrity personalities battling complications of obesity, as well as chronicles of the cognitive and behavioral changes she experienced along the way.

Weight Loss Surgery: Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You, Fourth Edition
By Barbara Thompson (2008) - This book was written by a woman who underwent weight loss surgery. She discusses her journey and provides helpful information for those considering weight loss surgery, as well as those who have had bariatric surgery and can relate to the physical and emotion changes therein.

Beyond the Refrigerator: Navigating Life After Weight-Loss Surgery
By Linda Ouellette, LPC (2011) - This book discusses the physical and emotional changes that are needed for one to be successful after weight-loss surgery. In easy casual tones, Linda Ouellette, LPC, shares her journey through this process, as well as the journeys of others. Woven throughout Linda’s story is how integral her husband, her support person, was in her journey. Linda addresses such core topics as shame and secrets, perfectionism, and black and-white thinking. She offers solutions to these pitfalls such as relying on your inner survivor, changing your vocabulary, and defining sanity. While many people may have high expectations for weight-loss surgery, Linda brings the discussion down to earth and shows what it really takes to recover and be successful.
 

Cookbooks
Recipes for Life After Weight-Loss Surgery, Revised and Updated:
Delicious Dishes for Nourishing the New You and the Latest Information on Lower-BMI Gastric Banding Procedures

By Margaret Furtado MS, RD, LDN; Lynette Schultz, LRCP, RT; and Joseph Ewing, BS (2011) - Weight loss surgery is only the first step to maintaining a healthy weight. Post-surgery is when it is most important to maintain proper eating habits with the right balance of nutrients. This book provides readers with a variety of tasty meals that are tailored for each stage of the post-operative eating plan. Included are meal plans, pantry lists, and 200 recipes that are delicious and specifically tailored to weight-loss surgery requirements. Examples of recipes included in this book are: Zucchini Frittata with Capers and Olives, Lavender-Blueberry Muffins, Sesame-Glazed Salmon, and Fall Harvest Pumpkin Soup.

Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery:
Over 140 Delicious Low-Fat High-Protein Recipes to Enjoy in the Weeks, Months and Years After Surgery

By Patt Levine, Michele Bontmpo-Saray, William B. Inabnet and Meredith Urban-Skuros (2004) - This book offers over 140 original, low-fat, high-protein recipes that are flavorful and satisfying to meet your nutritional needs through every stage of your post-op eating program. These dishes are also designed to be enjoyed by your friends and family as well, and cover everything from breakfast to dessert. In addition to advice from a certified nutritionist, this book also includes tips for stocking pantry and refrigerator, and a nutritional analysis for each recipe. With the help of this book, eating can remain a pleasurable experience while also helping you to maintain your weight loss long-term. Examples of recipes found in this book include: Crustless Spinach and Cheese Quiche, Asian Turkey Dumplings, Cider-Glazed Pork Chops, Scallops Provencale, Orange-Ginger Tofu, Vegetable Frittata, No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna, Basic Cheesecake, and Apricot-Strawberry Smoothie.

The High-Protein Cookbook:
More than 150 healthy and irresistibly good low-carb dishes that can be on the table in thirty minutes or less

By Linda West Eckhardt and Katherine West Defoyd (2010) - This cookbook offers more than 400 sophisticated, low-carbohydrate dinners that are bursting with flavor--and on the table in under 30 minutes! Hundreds of thousands have embraced the low-carbohydrate lifestyle finding that a diet based on lean protein, fruits, and vegetables and less dependent on simple carbohydrates has helped them look and feel better. Drawing on their experiences as award-winning cookbook authors, Eckhardt and DeFoyd have developed a tempting range of high-protein meals that are quick enough to make on a weeknight but elegant enough to share with guests -- and so delicious they'll never know they've been shortchanged on carbohydrates, fat, and calories. Entrees featured in this book provide at least 30 grams of protein, is light on fat and calories, is styled for two people but can easily be doubled or tripled, uses short lists of fresh, healthful ingredients, is based on simple cooking techniques requiring no special equipment, avoids "artificial" products and flavorings, and contains reasonable amounts of high-quality protein balanced by ample servings of vegetables and fruits.

Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies
By Brian K. Davidson, David Fouts and Karen Meyers (2010) - Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies is a book about food and maintenance: what foods to buy, how to prepare them, and how to enjoy a nutritious post-surgery diet. It helps you solidify new eating habits and enjoy new recipes, as well as better understand nutrition and your food intake so that you can maintain your weight long after surgery. Recipes included in this cookbook are specifically designed to be both delicious and appropriate for post-surgical weight loss requirements.

Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook
By Michelle Border (2012) - This cookbook was created for those who are searching for healthy eating options after weight loss surgery. Your diet after weight loss surgery is more important than ever. You must eat a nutrition dense diet that has the proper nutrient ratios, along with being the proper texture for your stage of healing. This book offers recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as menu plans and post-op tips and advice.

Mindful Eating
50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without
By Susan Albers PsyD (2009) - Food has the power to temporarily alleviate stress and sadness, enhance joy, and bring us comfort when we need it most. It's no wonder experts estimate that 75 percent of overeating is triggered by our emotions, not physical hunger. The good news is you can instead soothe yourself through dozens of mindful activities that are healthy for both body and mind. This book offers a collection of mindfulness skills and practices for relaxing the body in times of stress and ending your dependence on eating as a means of coping with difficult emotions. You'll not only discover easy ways to soothe urges to overeat, you'll also learn how to differentiate emotion-driven hunger from healthy hunger. Reach for this book instead of the refrigerator next time you feel the urge to snack-these alternatives are just as satisfying!

Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food
By Susan Albers (2003) - This book introduces and adapts the concepts of mindfulness and acceptance to the observation and management of eating habits. The result is a series of exercises and meditations that reinforce healthy habits and lead to greater tranquility at meals. This book describes the four foundations of mindful eating: mindfulness of the mind, the body, the feelings, and the thoughts. It doesn't encourage a diet of deprivation, but instead provides a checklist for the wide variety of mindless eating approaches, which include fasting, dieting, and restricting certain foods, rapid eating, eating when not hungry or when tired, and food rituals.