The Weight Loss Surgery Connection

The support you need to be successful with weight-loss surgery

If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, or have already had it, you’re probably filled with expectations, concerns–and a million questions. Author Melissa deBin-Parish knows what you’re going through. She and her husband, Dan, lost a combined 300 pounds after their surgeries in 2003. Melissa went from a size 24 to a size 4, dramatically improved her life, and started her own support group to help other patients find the same success.

Today, her website is one of the most popular and informed support groups available for patients. And now, with this comprehensive guide, she’s combined the firsthand experiences of other weight-loss surgery patients with the latest medical information to help you:

  • Decide if surgery is right for you
  • Choose the best surgeon and procedure
  • Overcome “emotional eating”
  • Get the support you need
  • And keep the weight off for life!

You’ll also find invaluable insider’s tips, delicious recipes, and journal pages to make your journey positive, successful, and rewarding. And, with the right guidance, you’ll see just how wonderful it can be to transform your body, your health, your attitude, and your life.

About the Author

Melissa deBin-Parish is on the advisory board of the Obesity Action Coalition. Her support site,, has been called a “comprehensive web destination” by BariMD.

What they are saying on Amazon:

I wish I’d had this BEFORE my surgery!

I wish I had had this book before I’d had my weight loss surgery! It is full of so much good information and advice that would have saved me from having a LOT of problems! The Parish’s do a great job in maintaining the web site associated with this book as well. They are constantly giving great advice, direction and encouraging people toward a healthier, happier life. Great Job Melissa and Dan! – Mellanie Rittenour (Tallmadge, OH United States)

Amazing insight to what its really like before and after surgery

This book is written for those of us who need to know the reality of what gastric bypass surgery is like. You get insight on pre-op, post-op and what life is really like in the many months to come. The information on how to stay positive and succeed at changing your life through gastric bypass. Melissa diBin-Parish talks to you about real life experience and real people who have had the surgery and changed thier lives with the help of her message boards and infinite knowledge on the subject. She is truly an inspiration. She is honest, sincere and passionate in her commitment to the those she writes about in her book and the thousands of others she has touched. The Weight-Loss Surgery Connection is a wonderful book. It covers the start of the journey and takes you all the way through to help those who are 10 years out. I can’t say enough about how easy it is to read, you feel like you are sitting down in your living room talking with her face to face. I will keep this book close at hand for the rest of my life, knowing that if I need some help with an issue with my surgery, I can get an answer in the book or directly from her on her Weight-Loss Surgery Connection message board. Help is always available!! –  Noreen A. Denardo “Gadget Gidget” (Sturbridge, MA United States)

I know what went into this book

I and many others shared in this journey with Melissa and also know what a labor of love this book has been for her. She cares so deeply about the patients and the support group family and she actually answers every single email she receives (10,000+ per month) from patients all around the world. This book came from her heart and from the hearts of so many of the support family that shared their stories. It also is founded in solid information with bariatric professionals as the sources (ongoing too in answering questions) to make sure the answers are the correct ones. It’s important to be an informed and proactive patient and look at perspectives and info from all angles. You can never have too much information or too many people that care enough to be there long term along your journey. If you haven’t checked out the message board that goes with the book, please do! You’ll find a fantastic group of people that will be your friends for life. – Dano

Product Details

  • * Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071499024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071499026
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches

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