Dr. Christine Ren Fielding in ABC Story

July 24, 2012

Dr. Christine Ren Fielding was interviewed by ABC for an article about a New York family who shared their battle with body weight. This ultimately lead to four of those family members having the same surgical weight loss procedure--adjustable gastric banding. The Scafuri family: Dr. Frank Scafuri, his wife, and two siblings all received surgery from Dr. Christine Ren Fielding here at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Scafuri is not only a patient; he a medical doctor who was frustrated with not just his patients' obesity, but his own. Prior to surgery, Dr. Scafuri weighed-in at 360 pounds and suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure. Fed up with yo-yo dieting, he decided to have gastric banding and there began his new healthier life. Since his surgery 2 years ago, Dr. Scafuri has shed 135 pounds. His family members were inspired by his weight loss success and decided to have gastric banding, as well. "It's a terrific and healthy way to lose weight. The family unit is making dietary and behavior changes together," said Dr. Christine Ren Fielding.

Of course, weight loss surgery is not without risks, and is not for everyone. It can, however, help in ways beyond weight loss. Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve or resolve many serious medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, as well as reduce risk of heart attack. For Dr. Scafuri, his band-induced weight loss led to his high blood pressure and diabetes being resolved. And recent research has provided more evidence that weight loss surgery is a superior treatment for obese people with diabetes - like Dr. Scafuri. A two year interim analysis of the APEX (Lap-Band AP Experience) study found that 2 years after gastric banding, as many as 95 percent of the patients with diabetes either achieved remission (defined as the patient's doctor reporting elimination of hypoglycemic medication) or saw improvement (the patient's doctors reporting improvement in their condition). Only 3 of the patients had no improvement in glucose control.

You can learn more about NYU's weight management program and adjustable gastric banding by registering for a free informational seminar here.