Magic Johnson's son "EJ" Johnson lost 50 pounds after undergoing stomach stapling surgery five weeks ago to make his stomach smaller.
Johnson opened up to People magazine about his sleeve gastrectomy surgery and dramatic 50 pound weight loss.
In sleeve gastrectomy surgery the doctor staples more than half of the stomach which restricts how much food the patient can eat at one time (see illustration below). The red allow shows the limited capacity for food and drink in the stomach.
Sleeve gastrectomy surgery carries serious health risks which the patient is informed of prior to having the surgery.
Complications include serious infection, perforation, leakage, internal bleeding, blood clots, bowel obstruction, anorexia, post-op depression.
The weight loss "is really exciting," the #RichKids of Beverly Hills star, 22, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "[Weight] is something that I've been struggling with for pretty much all of my life."
After several popular diets failed to provide any permanent change, Magic Johnson's son says he began considering gastric sleeve surgery – which makes the stomach smaller – two years ago.
"Nothing was working, and I wanted to make a more permanent decision to get back on track," he says. "[But] I wanted to wait until I was a little bit older to know how to handle myself afterwards."
Kudos to Johnson for his honesty in admitting he had the surgery.
Many celebrities, including Star Jones, Jennifer Hudson and Aretha Franklin, have denied undergoing weight loss surgery to protect their fragile egos.
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