Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I wanted to share my lap band experience with those that are thinking about having the procedure. PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH! I had the surgery done 3.5 years ago and after all that time I've only lost 50 pounds. Unfortunately I can't say that I've exercised and eaten the things that I should but my circumstances are a little different.
The first 5 months after surgery everything was fine. I was losing weight, feeling great, buying new clothes, IT WAS AWESOME! Then my whole world changed. I started vomiting and spitting up at least 2 days a week and to top it off, I found out my doctor discontinued my insurance company! Not only could I not afford to go to see my doctor but I never knew what I could or couldn't eat and I ended up wasting food and money
After 8 months of torture I finally broke down and went to see my doctor anyway and found out that he's reinstating my insurance company but he really couldn't give me any real answers to the issues I was having. He recommended an "unfill" (taking water from my band) because I was so tight it was making food and liquids hard to pass through my band. I did that, but it didn't work!
I haven't been able to find any good support groups on people having issues with the band and my doctor's office is giving me NO support. He's only there 1 day a week so I can't even call him with questions.
After 2.5 weeks of throwing up EVERYDAY I decided to go back in. There the PA told me that after seeing the barium not pass through my band that I was swollen. She then informed me that when you throw up you're swollen and it takes about 24 hours for the swelling to go down. During this time I should have warm fluids and then the next day have only protein shakes. Funny, after all the problems I've had I've NEVER been informed about the swelling issue.
Currently I'm trying to find another doctor to take my case that will actually care about my well-being but for those considering the surgery, please do your research. Fortunately it's a procedure that can be reversed but just remember that the band is with you for life!!!!!!!!