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Emergency Lap Band Removal

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

About 3 weeks ago I created a blog concerning the problems I was having with my lap band. Well, things turned for the worst and I wanted to let you know of my experience.

Starting on 9/17 I started stressing out over a new job and started throwing up every day. After 2 weeks of that I went back in to see my doctor only to be seen by his physician's assistant. She saw on the scan that I couldn't swallow the barium and she told me that I was "swollen" from throwing up and that I should have warm liquids for 24 hours and then have protein shakes after that. Then things will get back to normal! WRONG!

Her suggestion didn't work for me and I continued throwing up every day. On Saturday 10/16 I threw up everything, nothing would go down, even water. On Sunday night 10/17 I called my doctor's answering service and told them that I was dehydrated and that I'm taking myself to emergency for IV fluids and can the doctor call me. I waited and waited to hear back only to get a call from his nurse (he didn't even have the compassion or care to call me himself). She said that the doctor agreed that I should go to emergency but suggested I go to where my doctor has privileges so he can remove the band. I told her that I'm not traveling all the way to their hospital when there's a great one 10 minutes from my home.

I received the IV fluids I needed in the ER and met caring and compassionate people that actually cared about my health and well-being. The on-call doctor spoke with their bariatric surgeon and he agreed that the band should come out IMMEDIATELY and offered to perform the surgery. I said yes and I had the surgery last Wednesday 10/20. Still, to this day, my original doctor has not called me to check up on me. Also, my new doctor removes more bands than he puts in.

I couldn't be happier that I no longer have the band but now I have to be very careful about keeping the weight I lost off. The loss needs to be a reminder of the almost 4 years of hell I went through with the band.

If you know anyone that's thinking about having lap band surgery and need a different perspective please have them contact me.
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    Wow, sorry you guys had to go thru that. I had the lapband done the last week of August 2010 and have lost weight, but getting the right adjustment has been a challenge. It was to loose then to tight, now I think it is ok. I had a spout when I threw up everything I was eating and drinking, so I know your pain, for me though it only lasted 3 days then I was better. The dr said he thinks something was stuck in the band, like the asapragus I had eaten or soemthing. When I called the on call phone on the third day, it was my dr that called me back, almost instantly and he recommended I go to the ER also but only if I couldn't keep ice chips down. I was able to finally do that so I didn't go to the ER, then I was fine. I have since had no problems though. Thanks goodness for that. I am terrified at the thought of another surgery, so I hope I will never have to. Do you know what caused your band to do that? My dr said they stick the band in place, was yours? Some aren't.
    3207 days ago
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    how are you doing to this point? has the bariatric Dr that put in the band give you any more explanation? Did you have to deal with any insurance ordeals? I had to have mine removed after over 8 months of issues. I believe there were issues from the beginning. I would love to email you directly to compare some notes. I am seriously considering legal action.
    3327 days ago
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