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LAP-BAND Surgery Forum

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PRE-Operation Lap Band Surgery Questions & Answers

This is the place to talk about your pre-surgery preparation. Discuss choosing a Lap-Band surgeon, pre-op diets and nutrition, medical tests, and other basic Lap Band surgery issues.

  • 18,863 topics / 200,079 replies
On liquid diet and fainted - last post by xoxotinarose

POST-Operation Lap Band Surgery Questions & Answers

This is the place to talk about post-op questions. Discuss recovery, the post-op Lap Band diet progression, nutrition, complications, medical tests, and other Lap-Band issues.

  • 32,414 topics / 281,293 replies
Just banded and BAD back pain - last post by bridgetsband

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Tell Your Lap Band Surgery Story

This is the place to share your Lap Band Surgery journey with other members. Please start your own thread to tell us more about yourself. Do you have the Lap-Band? Who was/is your surgeon? How much weight have you lost, what changes have you noticed, and what challenges have you overcome?

  • 24,871 topics / 130,553 replies
**Brand New!** To be banded... - last post by sophiesmom12

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Lap Band Success Stories

Congratulations! You made a life-changing decision and are now benefiting from your new, positive lifestyle. Please share your Lap Band success story with our community. You deserve to celebrate, and your story may make the difference in someone else's life.

  • 1,851 topics / 21,859 replies
the hole dowser each and ev... - last post by viraxbond

Lap Band Fills and Adjustments

Discuss anything and everything to do with Lap-Band fills and adjustments. How much do fills cost you, and where do you go to get them done? How often do you get your Lap-Band filled? How do you know when you need an adjustment? Are fills painful, and do you change your diet after them?

  • 7,756 topics / 51,923 replies

  1. Lap-Band Fill Doctors
Acid reflux after a fill - last post by Wvcari

Food and Nutrition

This forum is all about food. Talk about nutrition, protein, recipes, and supplements, and any food-related questions, ideas, struggles, and solutions that have come up since your Lap Band surgery.

  • 7,396 topics / 68,056 replies

  1. Cooking, Baking and Recipes,
  1. Low Carb Bandsters Unite
The War on Bands Continues.... - last post by Sharpie

General Lap Band Surgery Discussion

This forum is for any topic related to the Lap Band Surgery that is not covered in other forums. Sample topics include complications, exercise, and replacement addictions.

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Getting Banded Monday, Yike... - last post by EliT13

Lap Band Surgeons and Hospitals

This forum is the place to share your personal experiences and discuss surgery costs, length and quality of hospital stays, surgeon recommendations, and anything else related to Lap Band surgeons and hospitals.

  • 3,088 topics / 50,042 replies
Doctor Discouraged Lap Band... - last post by Daenerys Targaryen

Insurance & Financing

This forum is for discussions related to Lap Band surgery insurance coverage and financing options. Gain from learning from others’ experiences!

  • 4,072 topics / 24,704 replies
Slight gain - will insuranc... - last post by bridgetsband

Research & Statistics

Have you come across new research that you want to discuss or share? This is the place to post and discuss research studies and statistics that you find related to LAP-BAND, obesity, weight loss surgery, and weight loss.

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File upload for Bariatric r... - last post by swimbikerun

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General Lap Band Support

Weight loss is easier when you have support. This forum is for providing and receiving emotional and psychological support before or after Lap Band surgery.

  • 7,847 topics / 96,694 replies
Gained weight on band - last post by texres16

Lap Band Buddies / Mentors

A buddy/mentoring relationship pairs a successful and experienced BariatricPal member with a novice and/or struggling BariatricPal member. Both partners work together through the physical, emotional, and spiritual components involved in weight loss. The goal is for both partners to achieve and maintain healthy weights. This is a win-win relationship, with the more experienced BariatricPal member having his/her weight loss reaffirmed, and the novice or struggling BariatricPal member building the confidence and motivation necessary to achieve his/her goals.

  • 1,597 topics / 25,454 replies
NEED A BUDDY/MENTOR - last post by gowalking

Monthly Lap Band Support Groups

This is the place to gather with others who are having Lap Band surgery the same month you are. You can go through the journey together.

  • 6,788 topics / 210,131 replies

  1. 2016 Bandsters,
  1. 2015 Bandsters,
  1. 2014 Bandsters,
  1. 2013 Bandsters,
  1. 2012 Bandsters,
  1. 2011 Bandsters ,
  1. 2010 Bandsters,
  1. 2009 Bandsters,
  1. 2008 Bandsters,
  1. 2007 Bandsters,
  1. 2006 Bandsters,
  1. 2005 Bandsters
22 months and 258 lost pounds - last post by Futureplans

Local Lap Band Support Groups

Are you looking for a local friend for support before or after your Lap Band surgery? This forum is for members looking for other members in their cities, states or countries.

  • 7,398 topics / 118,353 replies

  1. USA Local Lap-Band Support,
  1. Canada Local Lap-Band Support,
  1. Australia Local Lap-Band Support,
  1. United Kingdom Local Lap-Band Support,
  1. Ireland Local Lap-Band Support,
  1. Germany Local Lap-Band Support,
  1. New Zealand Local Lap-Band Support ,
  1. Elsewhere Local Lap-Band Support
No weight loss with band - last post by happybanded

Age-Specific Lap Band Support Groups

These forums allow you to discuss age specific Lap Band surgery issues with others in your age group. Your age can affect how you respond to the surgery, and the journey can be easier when you share with others who are of similar age.

  • 1,298 topics / 24,348 replies

  1. Teens,
  1. Twenties,
  1. Thirties,
  1. Forties,
  1. Fifties,
  1. Sixties,
  1. Seventies+
Ready to quit..... - last post by michelledking

Weight Loss-Specific Lap Band Surgery Support Groups

This is the place to give and get support from others who have the same amount of weight to lose. Encourage each other and count down toward your goals together!

  • 846 topics / 22,836 replies

  1. 200 Lbs+,
  1. 100 Lbs+,
  1. 50 Lbs+,
  1. 25 Lbs+,
  1. Under 25 Lbs,
  1. Life At (or Near) Goal Weight,
  1. Slow Losers Unite,
  1. Steady Losers Unite,
  1. BMI over 50,
  1. Low BMI Bandsters
Banders #7 - last post by Sharpie

Pregnancy with the Lap Band

This is the place for support for pregnant, trying-to-get-pregnant, and new parents after Lap Band surgery. Share your tips and support here regarding breastfeeding, good nutrition, and taking care of yourself and your baby.

  • 697 topics / 6,306 replies
Please help! - last post by nikki_lesueur

Lap Band Complications

Come here to give and receive advice and support for Lap Band complications, such as slippage, erosion, pain, infection, leaks, reflux, port issues, acid and gas.

  • 3,719 topics / 32,857 replies

  1. Struggling Lap-Bandsters,
  1. Life After Lap-Band Removal
Finally, it's out - aft... - last post by reinventingme63

Special Interest Lap Band Support Groups

Here you'll find Lap Band Surgery support groups centered on common hobbies, religions, medical conditions, and other mutual concerns. Get to know other BariatricPal members who share your interests!

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  1. Diabetic Bandsters,
  1. PCOS Bandsters,
  1. Religious Bandsters,
  1. Single Bandsters,
  1. Biker Bandsters,
  1. GLBT Bandsters,
  1. Mental Health,
  1. 12 Step Support Groups
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Lap-Band Social Group Forums

Welcome to the BariatricPal Lap Band Surgery Social Groups! Here, you can start your own online Weight Loss Surgery Support Group or join on one of our member-created groups by visiting our Support Group portal.

  • 661 topics / 5,324 replies

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VIP Lounge

Welcome to the VIP Lounge! This exclusive, private forum is just for BariatricPal Premium Members - other members and search engines can’t see it! Drop in when you want to talk about weight loss surgery or just shoot the breeze with other Premium Members. This is your place to hang out under the radar, so come on in and add your personality to the mix!

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  1. A Better You, One VIP Week at a Time
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General Weight Loss Surgery Discussions

Talk about anything related to weight loss surgery, such as choosing a surgery and surgeon, preparing for surgery, pre-surgery and post-surgery diets, weight loss, exercise and mental challenges. Exchange recipes, find weight loss surgery buddies, get exercise advice, ask about cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and share your weight loss surgery story!

  • 2,227 topics / 31,152 replies
Co Pay and Post Dated Checks - last post by Jadane_dm

Mexico & Self-Pay Weight Loss Surgery

A forum for discussing travel to Mexico to have Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or another type of Weight Loss Surgery, as well as for discussing self-pay for weight loss surgery

  • 3,455 topics / 40,150 replies
Getting sleeve done on Apri... - last post by jmdow1

Food and Nutrition

This forum is for questions about food and nutrition before and after all types of surgeries. Check out the sub-forums to see if there is a more specific place for your post, to help people find information more easily.

  • 11,063 topics / 96,968 replies

  1. Pre-op Diets and Questions,
  1. Post-op Diets and Questions,
  1. Protein, Vitamins, and Supplements,
  1. Vegetarian or Vegan Eating,
  1. Recipe Sharing
Need to do a Costco run - W... - last post by AvaFern

Fitness & Exercise

This forum is devoted to discussions, questions, and answers dealing with fitness and exercise, routines, habits, etc.

  • 5,177 topics / 69,938 replies
Beginning walking program: - last post by James Marusek

Plastic Surgery

Congratulations on achieving or approaching your goal weight! Are you thinking about skin removal, cosmetic, or reconstructive surgery? This is the forum dedicated to discussing tummy tucks, brachioplasty (arm lift), mastopexy (breast lift), and inner thigh lifts, and other cosmetic procedures after losing a lot of weight with weight loss surgery.

  • 2,349 topics / 32,665 replies
Anyone use Dr Drielsma in S... - last post by sarbear1_2000

BariatricPal Local Chapters

Visit our NEW Local Chapter Directory

Use these forums to find out about meetings in your area and contact your Local Chapter leaders. Keep up with your BariatricPal Local Chapter friends in between your regular face-to-face group meetings, and find out what other BariatricPal Local Chapter groups are up to.

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  1. USA BariatricPal Local Chapters,
  1. Canada BariatricPal Local Chapters,
  1. Australian BariatricPal Local Chapters,
  1. International BariatricPal Local Chapters
Australia - Melbourne - last post by demonchick

Emotional, Mental, and Spiritual Health and Wellness

Weight loss is an inside job. This forum is for providing and receiving encouragement, information, inspiration, and tools to help you navigate the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your weight loss journey.

  • 67 topics / 759 replies
What To Do Instead of Overe... - last post by summerset

Don't Sweat the Stall Stuff

Has your weight loss slowed or come to a complete stop? Are you frustrated because the scale isn't moving? This is the forum to discuss the infamous "STALL" and get the support you need to get through it.

  • 94 topics / 1,585 replies
Embrace the Stall - last post by Inner Surfer Girl

WLS Veteran's Forum

Been around BariatricPal for a while? Then chat with other old-timers who also know the drill! Sometimes it just feels more comfortable to kick back and shoot the breeze with familiar faces. So, come on into the Vets Forum for some serious WLS talk or just to hang out. We're old pals here!

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Does anyone want to join in... - last post by Oregondaisy

Rants & Raves

Want debate? Get it here. Gripe, complain, moan, fight, rant and rave. Enter at your own risk!

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Does anyone regret their su... - last post by GinaCampbell

The Lounge

This forum is for general conversation, sharing interests, having a laugh or discussing anything not specifically related to Weight Loss Surgery surgery.

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Crossing the Dunes - last post by JoeVegas

Powder Room - Ladies Gone Wild

This is a place for ladies to discuss everything from Weight Loss Surgery complications, diet, and concerns, to any other off-topic subjects.

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Mirena removal - last post by emme.vee

The Guys’ Room

This is a place for men to discuss everything from Weight Loss Surgery complications, diet, and concerns, to any other off-topic subjects.

  • 1,361 topics / 17,270 replies
Male Before and After Pictures - last post by OneDollarBill

Where Venus and Mars Collide

Do you want to discuss ADULT subject matter with both genders? Questions about love, relationships, intimacy, and general off-topic chat welcome. Get the thoughts and opinions of both men and women here! Please note that there is a singles room if you are looking for love, this is not that place. **You must be 18 to enter!**

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Never have I ever been too... - last post by BrookeM07

BariatricPal en Español! (Nuevo!)

Bienvenido a los foros de BariatricPal! Aquí se puede hablar de temas relacionadas con la cirugía de pérdida de peso. Discute las etapas de la dieta posoperatoria, su elección del cirujano, las luchas mentales del viaje de pérdida de peso, y cualquier cosa que está en su mente. No hay que estar solo cuando se someta a la cirugía para perder peso!

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Saludos gratos desde Miami, FL - last post by michelle72

Singles Forum

Looking for that special someone? Once you start on your weight loss surgery journey, everything from your lifestyle to your body to the way you think about yourself and the world changes. Here is a forum to meet other weight loss surgery singles who know what you’re going through and who are have the same health goals and lifestyle as you do. Have fun!

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First Time Dating... Ever - last post by sgc

Special Needs Forum

We all have special needs…but some of us have certain challenges that make the “regular” WLS advice more difficult to follow. The challenges can be age, living in a rural community without many structured options, or having specific health conditions that interfere with diet or exercise. This is the forum to talk about them and exchange ideas!

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Autism/Mental illness/Bad S... - last post by Tierra T Tij

Family and Friends

Supporting a weight loss surgery (WLS) patient through his or her weight loss journey can be rewarding, but it can also be challenging. The journey is long and bumpy. These forums are where you can find other spouses, other family members, and friends to offer encouragement and advice as you support your loved one through his or her journey.

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Migraine - last post by AmberMc03

Other Types of Weight Loss Surgery & Procedures

The Gastric Plication (sleeve plication or greater curvature plication), Duodenal Switch (DS), Mini Gastric Bypass (MGB), Gastric Balloon (intragastric balloon), and other Endolumenal Bariatric procedures are also options for treating obesity. This is where you can talk about these weight loss surgeries and procedures. Share your experiences and ask questions in these forums!

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Double vs single - last post by blessings2013

Weight Loss Medications

Are you using weight loss medications or are thinking about using them? Have you tried them before? This is the forum where you can talk about side effects, weight loss results, new drugs, and anything else related to using weight loss medications such as orlistat, lorcaserin, phentermine, and others.

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Bariatric weightloss  medic... - last post by mngreeneyes

BariatricPal Polls

Welcome to the BariatricPal Polls forum! There'll be a new polls regularly so you can cast your vote and add to the conversation to explain your vote. You also get to see how the other BariatricPal members voted. Come let us know what you think! If you have an idea for a poll, please post it below!

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Health first insurance NY - last post by Nkv Pdp

Popular Diet Forum

Before or after weight loss surgery, you may be following one of the popular diet plans to guide your eating. This is the place to talk about the Paleo diet, Atkins, Jenny Craig, SlimFast, Weight Watchers, South Beach, and any other diet. Talk about recipes, meal plans, do’s and don’ts, and how to get your popular diet to fit into your weight loss surgery diet.

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Calorie Cycling - What saye... - last post by KindaFamiliar

Clothing and Goods Exchange

Have clothes that are too big? Need smaller clothes? This is the forum to post your clothing needs in. Extra vitamins, protein powders and bars ? Bariatric Books ? Lets help one another out as we progress through our weight loss journeys by saving money and exchanging clothes and bariatric related goods with one another. No commercial postings, please.

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Weight Loss Charms - last post by Mountaingal

Weight Loss Surgery Magazine

Weight Loss Surgery Magazine is an online publication made up of informative articles written by weight loss professionals who have experience with weight loss surgery.

WLS Magazine covers many aspects of weight loss surgery and is written by health professionals from across the healthcare spectrum, including: Physicians/Surgeons, Dietitians/Nutritionists, Health & Wellness Experts, Psychologists, Life Coaches and Others who are at the forefront in the fight against obesity.

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Consider Follow-Up Support... - last post by SMB335

BariatricPal Newsletter

BariatricPal News, a regular newsletter to keep you up to date on our community. We’ll tell you all about our exciting new features, programs and anything else you need and want to know about BariatricPal.com. Our goal is to make sure you know everything.

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Happy Fourth from Bariatric... - last post by Alex Brecher

Website Assistance & Suggestions

Technical questions? Comments about BariatricPal? We welcome feedback and suggestions on any aspect of BariatricPal.com. This is also the place to visit for updates about new features and updates.

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Maintenance Forums

Congratulations on hitting your goal weight! Now the journey continues as you keep up those good habits and learn how to keep the pounds off for good. This forum is for discussing anything related to maintenance, from recipes and strategies to struggles and triumphs. If you’re getting close to goal weight, use this forum to find out what need to know about the transition to maintenance.

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