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Lap Band as Quick Fix-You're Kidding, Right?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Recently, I read a great blog. The blogger had lots of good information and I enjoyed it, told her so, then vexed for a week about one sentence she had written in which she stated she didn't want to go for a bariatric quick fix-no bands or bypasses for this lady. The more I thought about it, the more it troubled me. This is why:

I've been obese for nearly half of my 60 years. There is no diet I haven't tried. Without inflation, I can safely say I've lost 1,000 pounds and many thousands of dollars. I've done Curves, walked, jogged, exercised for longer than most of you are old. Last year, I decided to bring my blubber boil to a head and lance it for once and all by having a lap band, never thinking that some of my fellow Sparkers would label me a "quick fixer" just wanting more than anything else to be fit and able to buy my clothes at Chicos.

Bariatric surgery is not a "quick fix" and anyone who thinks so is pathetically misinformed. Most insurance companies have stiff eligibility requirements, the least of which may be a 3-6 month qualification period. Candidates must prove that they have tried unsuccessfully to lose and maintain weight loss over an extensive period of time. To weed out those who would indeed like a magic bullet to lose weight, prospective banders undergo nutrition assessment and counseling as well as psychological evaluation. Why? Because surgeons have to convince insurers that they aren't whacking away on folks who have no real desire to lose weight.

So the aforegoing happens over months and years BEFORE the "quick fix" band. Now what? Lots of people lose really fast, then get stupid and gain it back-just like people who don't get bands or bypasses. Statistics reflect that very few people who lose weight, regardless of the method by which they lost it, keep it off. My own "quick fix" has been about 45 pounds over an 8 month period. I've had two fills-those are lots of fun if you like long needles. My calorie intake has never gone over 1,500 per day since the band, usually about 1,200.

Some non-bariatrics moan because of a holiday lapse or birthday blow-out. After a band, that is pretty much an impossibility unless you want to spend most of the day near the porcelain throne, barfing. It's not always easy not being able to pig out with friends-one poor soul I've known of wanted her lap band removed so she could eat "normally" again.

I guess what I'm trying to say is this. A lot of Sparkers only have a small amount of weight to lose; some of us have hundreds of pounds. We're all here for the mutual support we receive and the tools available to us on the site. Bariatric surgery is a tool, and for most us, it was a necessity, not a choice. Be careful what you say, you might have to eat it later.
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    My doctor recently mentioned lap band surgery. He said it wasn't easy to qualify. After he explained the whole 9 yards I am giving this a second shot. I've started picking again. You are a brave soul.
    2809 days ago
    After reading part 2, I needed to know what started it.

    It always amazes me how may judgemental people there are in the world. Who are they anyway? And what do they really know?

    You are so right! We are all here for the same reason, support! Support from people who are more likely to understand then the skinny sister who never had any weight issues and probably never will.

    You will always have my support!
    2826 days ago
  • GRACEC29
    Great blog! I have a teacher friend who had the lap band. It's definitely not a "quick fix" and I'm glad you posted your thoughts about it! emoticon
    2826 days ago
  • FELICE73
    I too cringe at the comments of lap band being the "easy way out"!! Those people obviously have had absolutely no experience with it. I would do it over again in a heartbeat but I have had to eat right and exercise too!!
    2827 days ago
    Great post! The lap band option can truly be a life saver. I'm glad you're finding success!
    2827 days ago
  • POPOF4
    I can totally relate to what your saying. I'm on a team where there are people who are totally critical of morbidly obese people and ofcourse anybody who would chose to get a lap band. But sometimes it takes people like yourself speaking up for lap banders or even sending the individual a private message that lets them know your position. At any rate its great to have bander teams that understand where your coming from and can be a support to you.
    2827 days ago
    You have done an excellent job in stating the obvious but until some people go through it they will never understand. Bariatric surgery is indeed a tool not a quick fix.
    2827 days ago
    I know where you're coming from. My sister had gastric bypass surgery, lost weight, had complications with the surgery, and gained it all back. Over a year ago, she had surgery again to fix everything and is now slowly making progress. She attends a support group to help her keep focused. Losing weight by any method is work. Everyone needs support. That's why I love sp!

    Keep going on your journey! You will succeed! emoticon
    2827 days ago
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