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Lap band NOT the way to loose weight

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!!!!!!!!
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  • TCOOK10456
    hi I had my lap band in 2006. I lost about 45 pounds after that but always had difficulties with finding the space were food what goes through easily. I've had several obstructions and had upper GI barium swallow that indicated the band may have slipped upward. my doctor we disagreed with the results of the study and said I just needed to have left saline in the bands so he would put some in take some out there were times when I couldn't even have liquid go through.. Others I'm not I'm I couldn't even tell after 4 p.m. then I'd have to say laying down on my left side make sure my brothers off and then food will go through you know. Then finally I just got fed up my doctor said he hadn't done anything wrong that the technicians didn't know how to read the scans. I gave up and had all the saline removed. Even with the band opened I still get restrictions, vomit on at least a weekly basis.
    Last November I decided I was going to start exercising, began the Couch to 5k program , then came Spark people and began tracking my food and workouts. To date I've lost 45 lbs and still working at it. I wouldn't recommend the lapband either, it has been a real disappointment.
    1951 days ago
  • KRISTI2661
    I've had a lap band since August of 2006. I got it in Mexico.

    At first it was great and I lost weight. I followed the rules religiously, which, of course, is how I lost the weight. I ate VERY little, but did not eat healthy food, just the same junk I always ate, just less of it. I liked how I looked, but I felt like crap. I kept thinking that if I just lost more weight (I lost about 50 pounds) that I would feel better.

    Then I went through some emotional challenges and all I wanted to do was eat (and drink - beer, wine, etc.) I learned how to eat around the band and started gaining weight. Sometimes I would get food stuck and make myself throw up to feel better. Then I found myself eating everything and throwing up quite easily. And gaining weight like crazy. I kept thinking I'd get back on track with the band, but of course, it never happened.

    Then for two weeks, I would throw up even if I tried to drink water. I would be asleep (I had to sleep sitting up, it was so bad) and wake up throwing up! I "knew" this was because of swelling, and I tried to cure it myself - to no avail. I finally called my "fill person" and had everything removed from the band. And went on an eating frenzy.

    For the next five months I sat on the couch and ate and drank myself into depressed oblivion. One day, and I don't really know why, I just got sick of it. I joined SP that day and haven't looked back since. SP is the answer I've always needed - NOT the band.

    I'm doing great and have the best attitude about my life I've EVER had. I've lost 45 pounds. People ask me how I'm doing it and I say "I eat right and exercise - who would have ever thought something like that would work!"

    Anyhow, that's my story. I'm not trying to say someone should or shouldn't get a lap band. It just wasn't right for me. There are so many people here on SP who have made tremendous changes without a lap band and I applaud them. I also applaud those that have made the band a positive and it works for them.

    We all need to find our own path - I've found mine!

    2541 days ago
  • CRIT524
    It sounds like your Doctor is the real problem. I am going to get the LapBand and my insurance recommends '5 star doctors'..I am going to Brigham and Womens in Boston. The have tons of support groups and many requirements like a psych eval, nutritionist consult (one on one and a group) that are all included.
    I hope you get the answers you are looking for. Maybe with the right Dr you can get on track with the diet and start losing. Of course, the right Dr will have you feeling better before hand. I wonder if your having an allergic response? Not all allergic reactions are anaphalactic.
    2637 days ago
  • BAILEY572010
    I've had a love hate relationship with my lap band since 3/2005 (when I was banned). My band seems to have a mind of its own and I've experienced similar problems to you. My insurance does not cover anything to do with my lap band and I paid out of pocket for it to be done in Mexico. My dr has since been murdered...

    I was seeing a dr in the chicago area for fills/unfills, but he is no longer doing this but may resume this year. Its been a year since I've been in and there are days it is too tight and days I have no restriction.

    What I know is I've not been following the band rules to the letter like I'm suppose to. I had done really well, and then things just fell apart. Back to the rules and hoping for success!

    I'd be happy to facilitate a support group for the "love/hate relationship of the band."
    2664 days ago
    Wow, so sorry to hear you have had such a hard time with that. Thanks for putting it out there for others who may be considering that too.
    2753 days ago
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