Lap Band Surgery: Jets Coach Rex Ryan's Weight-Loss Procedure, Explained

Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced yesterday that, thanks to lap band surgery, he’s now tipping the scales at 242 — 106 pounds lighter than when he underwent the procedure in March of 2010, the New York Daily News reported.

Now, Ryan weighs about the same as recently-acquired backup quarterback, Tim Tebow, according to Bloomberg.

Lap band surgery, or laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, limits food intake by making the stomach smaller with an inflatable silicon ring that is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach, according to WebMD. People who undergo the surgery feel fuller faster, as the stomach can only hold a smaller amount of food, which may help them lose weight.

After lap band surgery, the doctor can make adjustments to the tightness of the band, which changes the speed at which food travels through the digestive system, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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