Ryan Brothers and Lap Band Surgery

February 12, 2014

Twin Brothers Rex and Rob Ryan have been in the media regularly not just for their football coaching skills, but for their impressive weight loss. Both brothers have had Lap-Band surgery, a weight loss procedure which involves placing an adjustable silicone band around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that is connected to the lower stomach through a narrowing created by the band itself. The band effectively restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at a single meal.

Jets Coach Rex Ryan had the procedure first, tipping the scales at 348 pounds at his heaviest. He is now down to a leaner 230 pounds and reports that his waist size has shrunk from 50 to 36 inches. Ryan was a typical yo-yo dieter and he said in an interview that he was "successful at weight loss probably 50 times, and then gained everything back." This is the case for many of the patients we see at NYU. Everyday activities like climbing stairs were difficult for Ryan, but ultimately he decided to seek weight loss surgery in an attempt to live a long, healthy life for the sake of his children. After seeing his brother's success with the band, Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, decided to undergo the procedure, as well, losing 55 pounds in his initial report.

NYU surgeon, Dr. George Fielding performed Rex Ryan's Lap-Band surgery. Dr. Fielding said that he told Ryan what he tells all of his patients: "The keys to success with the band are simple - keep attending follow-up to adjust the band as necessary to control hunger, then, once the band is tight, eat slowly, and eat as healthy food as possible. I have had a Lap Band myself for 12 years, and have been the same weight for the last 10 years. I just eat slowly, which can be the hardest part for a big guy - and I get full and I stop, because I'm not hungry. It can be frustrating at times, especially if patients don't think they are losing weight fast enough. But everyone has to remember it's not a race. Rex Ryan says that the band has helped him recognize when he is full: When you're eating your food, the band is going to signal to you at some point that that's enough or you need to slow down! I've recognized those signs and when I do, I stop."

You can learn more about how the band works and whether it may be a good weight loss option for you by calling our office at 212-263-3166 or signing up for one of our free informational seminars here.