[QUOTE=newjakecity;3525120]Looks like lap band surgery (plus a hernia repair). Good for Rex!!!!
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan loses stomach for obesity and undergoes lap-band procedure
BY Rich Cimini
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Sunday, March 14th 2010, 4:00 AM
Keivom/NewsNew York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who weighed 340 pounds at the start of last season, is released after undergoing lap-band surgery. Related NewsDoctors recommend universal screening due to prevalence of colorectal cancerRihanna hasn't paid her personal trainerKnicks running on all cylinders in Pistons routParents win approval to have disabled 11-year-old daughter undergo sterilization by hysterectomyA painless guide to anesthesia Jets coach Rex Ryan has always been as big as his boasts, but he might not have the stomach for it anymore.
In an effort to fight his obesity, Ryan underwent weight-loss surgery Saturday at NYU Medical Center, the Daily News has learned.
A scheduled lap-band procedure was performed on Ryan, team spokesman Bruce Speight said Saturday night.
Ryan, 47, who weighed 340 pounds at the start of last season, was released after the morning surgery and returned to his home in New Jersey, Speight said.
Ryan, who also had a hernia repaired while in the hospital, was unavailable for comment.
The surgery entails placing an adjustable gastric band around the upper part of the stomach. It makes the stomach smaller so it holds less food. Eventually, the appetite decreases, leading to weight loss.
There is no cutting or stapling of the stomach, and the surgery is reversible.
The colorful Ryan, who led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in his first season as a head coach, has talked openly about his weight problem.
He weighed 310 pounds when he was hired by the Jets in January 2009, but by the time the team reported for training camp in late July, he had ballooned to 340, he said.
"You're always concerned," Ryan said at the time. "I want to see my kids grow, I want to see my grandkids. The thing that gets me is, my cholesterol is fine, my blood pressure is fine. I'm a genetic freak, I guess."
Ryan is married with two kids.
The outspoken coach spent Friday night dining with members of the Jets' organization in Bedminster, N.J., where he entertained star free-agent running back LaDainian Tomlinson on a recruiting visit.
Good luck Rex! With patience, this will definitely help him reduce his weight to a safer level.