“The basic philosophy of weight loss surgery (and especially our philosophy on weight loss surgery) is that surgery is really just a tool to help you lose weight. It is not the answer. It’s not the magic pill. It’s not going to make you lose weight if you don’t participate and do your part in this process. The idea behind surgery is that we make your stomach smaller so that you eat less food and you’re not nearly as hungry anymore. After that it’s the patient’s job to make the right food choices and eat healthy food and all sorts of exercise and without those two other components that the patient has to participate in, that patient won’t be successful when it comes to weight loss surgery. It is just a piece of the puzzle, but patients definitely have to participate in what we call a lifestyle change and they have to maintain this lifestyle change for the rest of their life.