Lap-Band: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Thursday, August 22, 2019
No, I'm not talking about the Clint Eastwood/Charles Bronson spaghetti western. I'm talking about my upcoming Lap-Band surgery and my continued research into it.
I must give this caveat: I'm not going into it blindly. My best friend from high school had the gastric sleeve surgery in December and has lost over 100 lbs; however, that surgery is not reversible. She's kept me abreast of all the ins and outs, as well as the pitfalls of what she goes through since her surgery. In fact, her "honeymoon" phase is over. The quick weight loss has slowed down and she's now finding herself cheating. But she recognizes it and is making changes to stop it.
That's the key: she recognizes it and is making changes.
When I went to see the surgeon yesterday, he was very upfront with me. He laid it all out. He basically told me that this will only work if I do the work. Yes, there are the possibilities of complications (and he went over what they all are), but they are fewer than the other bariatric surgeries. He told me that the success rate is higher for those with the Lap Band, as well, mostly because the device is there and adjustable for life. But, I have to do the hard part and all of the work, and must be willing to do the work.
So, this morning, I decided to do a search on Lap Band here on SP. The old adage goes that bad reviews scream louder than good reviews. Which of course is what I found. But there was only one that really was truly a bad experience due to a complication. The other bad reviews had one thing in common: They did not follow through. They complained about the fact that the lifestyle change complicated their lives. I know that going in. I know that going out to eat and portion sizes are not going to be pleasant. I know that I'm not going to be able to eat a lot of foods anymore.
But there was also one thing that was a common denominator: They were eating the wrong foods. One commented on how a neighbor ate a plate full of desserts then got sick and had to leave a pot luck. Uhm. Yeah. That is a no-no. Of course that will have a negative reaction. We can't have that steak anymore, we can't eat bread anymore, we can't have pineapple anymore, we can't have string beans anymore. There are sacrifices you have to make.
Of course, with ANY diet, sugar is a big no-no. And every single one of them complained about that. Well, I'm sorry, if you eat sugary foods, you will gain weight. I know that, how do you think I got this way in the first place? If you continue with the same bad habits, even after any of the bariatric surgeries, you will set yourself up for failure. I've seen it within my own group of friends. I have one that lost no weight with the Lap Band because he refused to make the needed changes. That's not the fault of the surgery. That is his fault.
You have to follow through. Yes, it is expensive. I'm lucky that I have good insurance, but I may not always have that insurance, so I have to plan ahead. If you know you cannot afford it afterward, then maybe it isn't the right choice. Maybe one of the other surgeries is the better option, where you don't have to require fills or unfills, or a possible removal. But the thing is, you have to do the work. And I know that.
So, I'm stepping off my soapbox. And going back to my pre-surgery diet.