Ladybug, I had my robotic assissted laproscopic gastric sleeve on 3-5. I wasnt totally sold until I was about a week into the liquid diet (I did 3 weeks) then saw pounds melting off. lose has slowed now but I am able to be more active and coworkers tell me I look good. I wouldnt change it for anything.
So Christine, how are you doing thus far? I miss hearing you on the forums.
Our bands are definitely not the "easy way" or the "quick way" out, but as time goes on I find I have literally negative support. When I'm with my kids they think I'm on a diet and try to audit what I can eat. They think (unconsciously) that I should have lost it all and eat like I did in the olden days.
MAYBE we should start a "Forum" on "Maintaining after Banding, WLS & Sleeving". What do you all think? We seem to lose Banders after things start going well and I'm finding I need ongoing support from those in the "know."
I find that there are a lot of people who look down on all weight loss surgery, doesn't matter which kind.... I hate hearing about how I took the "easy way" or the "quick way" out....
I'm lucky that I have an amazing husband and a few good friends who are my support!! I'm about 2 1/2 weeks post sleeve surgery and so far I am extremely happy with my decision to do this. I started the process over 6 months ago.... so it definitely was not a quick or rash decision, and I felt very prepared for the life changes that I am making. Definitely take the time to really KNOW what you are choosing, because this is not "easy" .... WLS is only a tool and you have to be committed to the changes that you are going to have to make!
Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher
Pounds lost: 86.0
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Thanks for your clarification...sadly, there are a lot of WLS people out there who go out of their way to look down at those of us who chose banding as our option, so I'm more than a bit sensitized in that direction.
No worries, you're good. In my case, my diabetes was not severe enough to have to seek an immediate solution. I went to a half dosage of meds at the time of surgery, then came completely off 3 months later - that was a timeline I could definitely live with - but for anyone more fragile, or with more severe disease, it might not be an adequate solution, I can certainly see that.
Christine I didn't mean to diss the band. They all have good effects on diabetes but with the RNY there can be an almost immediate response to blood sugar control and according to my doc and personal research the immediacy of the results is less with each step from RNY to sleeve to band. Often times people with RNY are off their diabetic meds from day one while it takes progressively longer for the sleeve and band just like the weight loss is progressively slower. Sorry if I was unclear.
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current weight: 330.0
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Thanks, Janey, good comment...I do want to say, in defense of those of us who are Banders, that I went from a gram of Metformin daily to no meds whatsoever, and a normal A1C, so the Band can have a strongly positive influence on helping to resolve diabetes. It's not a disease you are ever cured from, to be sure, and I will have to take care with it all the rest of my life, but managing only on diet and exercise is a really good outcome.
We all choose the paths we do for different reasons. At the time, I also had the option of having RNY, but chose the band so that I would not permanently alter my GI tract. The tradeoff is weight loss that is slower overall, but if I ever need this reversed for medical reasons, it can be done relatively easily.
Mind you, I'm not dissing ANYONE who chooses sleeve, RNY, or any other procedure over Banding. It's a very, very personal decision that you have to live with long term, so you should go into it feeling confident that you've made the right pick. I absolutely agree that your decision needs to be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon and health care team. It reminds me of that old saying, "Marry in haste, repent at leisure"...WLS should not be entered into lightly or inadvisably :-)
Hi Laura, I had my sleeve in November 2012 and have lost 62 pounds so far. I love the sleeve. I was under anesthesia a shorter time. I have had no problems so far and I would really recommend it. However,I would like to say that I would talk earnestly with my doctor before making the decision as to which procedure to have. Sometimes the RNY benefits for diabetics is more than with the sleeve and definitely more than the band. We can offer support and perspectives but nothing beats a good heart to heart with your doc.
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current weight: 330.0
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You will find a wealth of support from this team - I'm so glad you've joined us!
One of my co-leaders, CATHYBERNA, is a sleeve patient, and I'm sure she'll be able to give you an honest perspective on that journey. I myself am a Lap Bander, having had the surgery in February 2010. I've lost a significant amount of weight, and resolved some of my health issues, but for the last 6 months or so, I've been struggling, and right now, I'm healing from an unusual complication of having been banded. Like so many others, I tried just about everything prior to deciding to have the surgery. As you've already heard from my teammates, it is definitely not an easy road, because once done, you can't simply set aside your new lifestyle when it's convenient to do so. For example, when I go on cruises, I still have all the constraints and nutritional needs that I do when I'm home, including having to take protein supplementation with me, taking in smaller amounts of food, and being sure to work out everyday while on board. I would absolutely do it again, though, and once I get past this bump in the road, I'm determined to get back on the weight loss path.
My very, very best to you - you CAN succeed if you commit yourself to what it takes.
Hi Laura, I worked diligently for five years trying to move the scale down without WLS. I had many great successes with health improvements even though my sustained weight loss was very minimal. I then had a serious knee injury and really had to cut back even further on my eating just to maintain my weight. This is the point t which I started to explore WLS options.
I went in with a open mind on which procedure. Ultimately, I was given a choice of RNY (gastric bypass) or the sleeve. I choose RNY because my insurance covered this option more easily. Even with this option, I am a slow loser. Still 60 pounds in six months is more than I could achieve with healthy eating and exercise alone. I plan to achieve a total weight loss of 100 pounds by my one year mark. I am currently working with a personal trainer and workout between aerobic and free weights for at least 1 hour per day. I want to make certain I keep muscle as I lose as I believe it will help to keep my weight managed over time.
I know people will describe WLS as the easy way out. I can attest that it is still a lot of work, but much more rewarding than my efforts without surgery! I wish you well on your decision. You'll find people on this team very willing to share their thoughts, successes and challenges.
I had my lap-band put in on September 8, 2006 at Abbott NW Hospital in Minneapolis. I had to lose 30 lbs and have quite a few tests before they would take me as a patient. My Doctor and my Insurance Company wanted to make sure I was a good candidate. Too many people have this done and don't follow through with a new way of life afterwards. I had two fills of saline and lost a total of 69 lbs after the placement. (I lost approx 25+ before.)
I would recommend this to any person who is of a serious mind to change. I did not have any pain or discomfort afterwards. My eating was normal. (I just cut my meals in 1/2), I was on an oxygen concentrator at night and taking pre diabetic medication. After losing some of the weight I often forgot to turn the machine on at night and my glucose test was normal. Some medical problems were simply a part of obesity. I say "go for it!"
Hi I just started the process to get surgery for Weight Loss. Not totally sold out yet but very much considering having this drastic weight loss procedure done to me. I have had it with living like a yoyo dieter. I am 59 years old and have allot of weight related issues/illnesses. I am a Type II Diabetic on Insulin, Sleep Anea, HBP, High Cholesterol, Knee (had 1 TKR), Back & Hip Problems that affect my mobility & sleep which all of these issues make me tired of living because it affect my quality of life. So really which is worse? Living life as it is now or after WLS? I just thought I'd join for help in making up my mind as I learn more from all who live this way. I am sure I will impressed with all your sories, successes and failures on this entirely different kind of Weight loss journey. Thank You Laura
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