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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.

  • 18,884 topics / 200,175 replies
March 2011 Bandsters - last post by Dusty_S

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.

  • 32,493 topics / 281,596 replies
First fill - last post by weneebug

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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?

  • 24,906 topics / 130,661 replies
Newbie finally joined the g... - last post by jcordova204

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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.

  • 1,861 topics / 21,924 replies
Help! - last post by Dusty_S

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?

  • 7,778 topics / 52,030 replies

  1. Lap-Band Fill Doctors
Had first fill, not feeling... - last post by Rusti Jacobs

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.

  • 7,411 topics / 68,126 replies

  1. Cooking, Baking and Recipes,
  1. Low Carb Bandsters Unite
Low carb - last post by weneebug

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.

  • 26,913 topics / 244,569 replies
Tomorrow is my big day! - last post by weneebug

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.

  • 3,089 topics / 50,039 replies
slim band and dna testing - last post by bayougirlmrsc

Insurance & Financing

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

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BCBS FL How to get approval - last post by slscott78

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.

  • 7,866 topics / 96,831 replies
Problem with band tightness - last post by fadered

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.

  • 1,606 topics / 25,470 replies
Band buddy wanted 😊 - last post by Dawny2901

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.

  • 6,793 topics / 210,150 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
Hello out there - last post by camsam

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.

  • 7,407 topics / 118,378 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
Renewal: Moving Toward Our... - last post by kerseymom

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.

  • 1,299 topics / 24,352 replies

  1. Teens,
  1. Twenties,
  1. Thirties,
  1. Forties,
  1. Fifties,
  1. Sixties,
  1. Seventies+
Diarrhea - last post by grannyof6

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!

  • 850 topics / 22,943 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 Julie norton

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.

  • 698 topics / 6,306 replies
New mom and gaining weight - last post by dpirrello

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.

  • 3,738 topics / 32,955 replies

  1. Struggling Lap-Bandsters,
  1. Life After Lap-Band Removal
I have failed my band - SUP... - last post by kerseymom

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!

  • 642 topics / 11,051 replies

  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
Life is GREAT.... love bein... - last post by bayougirlmrsc

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.

  • 663 topics / 5,326 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!

  • 2,533 topics / 35,340 replies
Advice Needed During Wait - last post by jimmc77

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

  • 3,463 topics / 39,892 replies
Anybody stay at the Pueblo... - last post by O-Town Body Rock

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.

  • 11,234 topics / 99,343 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
Post op full liquids - last post by blizair09

Fitness & Exercise

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

  • 5,231 topics / 70,572 replies
Anyone In Their 40's Ge... - last post by malenac13

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.

  • 2,380 topics / 33,062 replies
TT and Arm Lift - last post by ausmith

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.

  • 168 topics / 5,094 replies

  1. USA BariatricPal Local Chapters,
  1. Canada BariatricPal Local Chapters,
  1. Australian BariatricPal Local Chapters,
  1. International BariatricPal Local Chapters
NY - NYC/Long Island - last post by Jack G

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.

  • 99 topics / 1,128 replies
Getting over the guilt - last post by K1V990

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.

  • 97 topics / 1,754 replies
Oldfashioned diet and stall... - last post by Lance Levens

Regain and Back-on-Track (NEW!)

Some WLS patients say losing weight is the easy part. Keeping the weight is the hard part. If you have experienced weight regain after losing weight after WLS, this is the place to talk about why the pounds came back on and how you can get them off again. It could be related to diet, exercise, attitude, or something else!

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Call out- PREPARE AND SIGN... - last post by amf1025

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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WLS, Plastics and now Menop... - last post by ausmith

Rants & Raves

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

  • 2,417 topics / 84,463 replies
I don't get it. - last post by roxy726

The Lounge

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

  • 4,461 topics / 88,772 replies
Duodenal switch advice - last post by Loveowls1978

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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First time skipping a perio... - last post by Travelher

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.

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Guys who started over 400 lbs. - last post by sgc

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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Sex is fun! - last post by TAJ718

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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¡Hola, amigos! - last post by Lolita_B

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!

  • 251 topics / 4,367 replies
Hello! - last post by nasusmai

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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WLS with Fibromyalgia and A... - last post by FunkyMunkyBrat

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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Thinking about surgery in NYC - last post by gowalking

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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Tomorrow - last post by Notaboutperfect

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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Experiences with Phentermine? - last post by jillk101

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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Ladies, what do you conside... - last post by BettyG

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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Paleo for the whole family... - last post by LizHobbs

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.

  • 689 topics / 2,852 replies
Coats. Assorted. - last post by angelaperrin88

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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The Eating Season - last post by Elizabeth Anderson RD

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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BariatricPal Newsletter  -... - last post by sleeveisa

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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