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No Weight Loss at 5 months post-op

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Started by BuffyC413, Jan 16, 2011 4:07 PM
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    BuffyC413

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  • Posts: 13
  • Joined: Oct 2010
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: TEXAS
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Hugh Babineau
  • Surgery Date: Aug 2010
  • Starting Weight: 223 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 75 lbs
  • Current Weight: 148 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 150 lbs
  • BMI: 27.1
Posted January 16, 2011 - 4:07 PM

#1
I was banded in August 2010. The day of surgery, I weighed 217lbs. As of today, I weigh 217lbs. I've had no weight loss whatsoever. I've had 3 fills and am now up to 6.5cc of a 10cc band. I haven't found anyone who has had the band and not lost weight, only some who have had minimal weight loss. By now, I thought I'd be 25lbs lighter, at least. I'm very discouraged and depressed and wishing I would have just had gastric bypass. The latest fill I had gives me so much restriction that I can barely eat solid foods. I can only eat soft foods like mashed potatoes or chili, etc. Is this the way it's supposed to be? When I decided to get Lap Band, I thought I'd be able to eat everything I wanted only in smaller portions. At my last dr. appt, I asked that I be considered for gastric bypass because of the failure. But, they told me that I have to have band failure for at least a year to even be considered and even then, they didn't know that insurance would cover it. I still have all the health problems I had prior to surgery.
Can anyone shed some light on the situation for me? Is there ANYONE out there who has had the same issue? I feel so alone and lost and so, so depressed.
Feel free to post to my new topic in the forum. But, if you want, you can email me at buffyclary@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance.


    Katsuri

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Posted January 21, 2011 - 12:27 AM

#2
Hi Buffy,

I can understand your dissapointment, but your band sounds like it's doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing; restricting your intake so that you can barely eat solid food. But you must eat solid foods to lose weight. You have to chew it up to liquid then stop as soon as you feel full. If you continue eating soft "slider foods", you won't lose weight, in fact you will eventually gain weight.

Learning to eat with your new band is hard..and it is pretty new for you, so give yourself a break. It takes time. I hope you don't give up and try for a bypass at this point. You just might be trading one set of problems for another. Whatever you decide..I do hope you do lots of research before you proceed.

Best of luck to you..

Katsuri


I was banded in August 2010. The day of surgery, I weighed 217lbs. As of today, I weigh 217lbs. I've had no weight loss whatsoever. I've had 3 fills and am now up to 6.5cc of a 10cc band. I haven't found anyone who has had the band and not lost weight, only some who have had minimal weight loss. By now, I thought I'd be 25lbs lighter, at least. I'm very discouraged and depressed and wishing I would have just had gastric bypass. The latest fill I had gives me so much restriction that I can barely eat solid foods. I can only eat soft foods like mashed potatoes or chili, etc. Is this the way it's supposed to be? When I decided to get Lap Band, I thought I'd be able to eat everything I wanted only in smaller portions. At my last dr. appt, I asked that I be considered for gastric bypass because of the failure. But, they told me that I have to have band failure for at least a year to even be considered and even then, they didn't know that insurance would cover it. I still have all the health problems I had prior to surgery.
Can anyone shed some light on the situation for me? Is there ANYONE out there who has had the same issue? I feel so alone and lost and so, so depressed.
Feel free to post to my new topic in the forum. But, if you want, you can email me at buffyclary@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance.




    L12

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  • Joined: Sep 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: FLORIDA
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Jose Erbella
  • Surgery Date: Dec 2008
  • Starting Weight: 252 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 117 lbs
  • Current Weight: 135 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 150 lbs
  • BMI: 23.2
Posted January 21, 2011 - 12:43 PM

#3
Right now you're too tight; you should be able to eat solid foods if you chew very well. What were you eating before your current level of restriction? If you had the band but didn't have restriction AND didn't change your eating habits (what you eat and how much), it would not be suprising that you didn't lose weight.


    BuffyC413

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  • Location: TEXAS
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Hugh Babineau
  • Surgery Date: Aug 2010
  • Starting Weight: 223 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 75 lbs
  • Current Weight: 148 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 150 lbs
  • BMI: 27.1
Posted January 21, 2011 - 1:13 PM

#4
I know it's hard to understand. And, most people do automatically assume that I'm not eating right or eating a lot of sweets. All I can say is that I ate healthily before. I gained most of my weight because of disease and not being able to be active. So, I set my standards low when I got this surgery because of my inability to be active. I doubt I'll allow them to make my band much tighter. I guess I'm willing to live with this tightness level if results happen. I go back to the Dr. in 2 weeks.


Right now you're too tight; you should be able to eat solid foods if you chew very well. What were you eating before your current level of restriction? If you had the band but didn't have restriction AND didn't change your eating habits (what you eat and how much), it would not be suprising that you didn't lose weight.




    L12

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  • Surgery Date: Dec 2008
  • Starting Weight: 252 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 117 lbs
  • Current Weight: 135 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 150 lbs
  • BMI: 23.2
Posted January 21, 2011 - 1:28 PM

#5

I know it's hard to understand. And, most people do automatically assume that I'm not eating right or eating a lot of sweets. All I can say is that I ate healthily before. I gained most of my weight because of disease and not being able to be active. So, I set my standards low when I got this surgery because of my inability to be active. I doubt I'll allow them to make my band much tighter. I guess I'm willing to live with this tightness level if results happen. I go back to the Dr. in 2 weeks.




It's possible to eat healthy (low fat, vitamin rich, etc.) but consume too many calories for your activity level. In your first post you said you thought you'd be able to eat everything you wanted--did you keep records to see what/how much that is? If you are unable to be very active, you will have to be extremely conscious of the number of calories you take in, no matter WHAT you eat. At some point your doctor/nutritionist is probably going to ask for the number of calories you take in daily. It would be a good idea for you to journal at least for a little while so that you know that for yourself and for them. It might uncover some suprises for you, it might not. But it will give you a realistic idea of the actual numbers, and what/if other approaches to weight loss would be beneficial to you.


    BuffyC413

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  • Posts: 13
  • Joined: Oct 2010
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: TEXAS
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Hugh Babineau
  • Surgery Date: Aug 2010
  • Starting Weight: 223 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 75 lbs
  • Current Weight: 148 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 150 lbs
  • BMI: 27.1
Posted January 21, 2011 - 1:49 PM

#6
Yes, I did. But, "everything" to me is still healthy. I've never been a fan of ice cream, for example. I thought I'd still be able to eat a 6 inch subway sandwich, only less. But, turns out, the bread is a bit too much. I didn't realize that by restriction, you actually had to avoid breads and thicker meats. I thought you could still eat those things and not feel anything internally only the outcome was you'd just eat less of it when you got full quicker. I'm used to journaling what I eat. I did WW a few times and was successful. I'll probably go back on it. That was my plan in the beginning anyways but a friend and fellow bander told me it wouldn't be necessary because the band would take care of that for me.
Do ya'll know of anyone else who has gone through this? My nurse said she's seen it before. People going month to month with little weight loss and then BAM! They get the right amount of restriction and it starts falling off. I hope that is the case for me. I can definitely tell a difference after this last fill.

It's possible to eat healthy (low fat, vitamin rich, etc.) but consume too many calories for your activity level. In your first post you said you thought you'd be able to eat everything you wanted--did you keep records to see what/how much that is? If you are unable to be very active, you will have to be extremely conscious of the number of calories you take in, no matter WHAT you eat. At some point your doctor/nutritionist is probably going to ask for the number of calories you take in daily. It would be a good idea for you to journal at least for a little while so that you know that for yourself and for them. It might uncover some suprises for you, it might not. But it will give you a realistic idea of the actual numbers, and what/if other approaches to weight loss would be beneficial to you.




    mousek

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  • Surgery Date: Apr 2010
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  • Weight Lost: 16 lbs
  • Current Weight: 169 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 120 lbs
  • BMI: 29.9
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Posted April 7, 2011 - 9:04 PM

#7

It's possible to eat healthy (low fat, vitamin rich, etc.) but consume too many calories for your activity level. In your first post you said you thought you'd be able to eat everything you wanted--did you keep records to see what/how much that is? If you are unable to be very active, you will have to be extremely conscious of the number of calories you take in, no matter WHAT you eat. At some point your doctor/nutritionist is probably going to ask for the number of calories you take in daily. It would be a good idea for you to journal at least for a little while so that you know that for yourself and for them. It might uncover some suprises for you, it might not. But it will give you a realistic idea of the actual numbers, and what/if other approaches to weight loss would be beneficial to you.



Great advice on both your replies. Sounds like a slight defill may be in order and definitely keeping count of calories. I use weight watchers to keep track of what i'm consuming otherwise I feel lost. I also use fitday to check stuff i'm about to buy at the grocery store or am about to eat to see exactly what i'm putting in my mouth. Fitday has definitely altered what I eat and made me much more conscious of what i'm consuming as does weight watchers. I have an old weight watchers book with points values from years ago and I still use it constantly for quick reference. At your weight you can eat between 24-29 points daily to start losing weight and all the info on point values can be found online. I just type in "chicken breast 3 ounces weight watchers points" and it comes up right away. Hope this helps a little bit.


    Ninababy

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 6:17 PM

#8

I was banded in August 2010. The day of surgery, I weighed 217lbs. As of today, I weigh 217lbs. I've had no weight loss whatsoever. I've had 3 fills and am now up to 6.5cc of a 10cc band. I haven't found anyone who has had the band and not lost weight, only some who have had minimal weight loss. By now, I thought I'd be 25lbs lighter, at least. I'm very discouraged and depressed and wishing I would have just had gastric bypass. The latest fill I had gives me so much restriction that I can barely eat solid foods. I can only eat soft foods like mashed potatoes or chili, etc. Is this the way it's supposed to be? When I decided to get Lap Band, I thought I'd be able to eat everything I wanted only in smaller portions. At my last dr. appt, I asked that I be considered for gastric bypass because of the failure. But, they told me that I have to have band failure for at least a year to even be considered and even then, they didn't know that insurance would cover it. I still have all the health problems I had prior to surgery.
Can anyone shed some light on the situation for me? Is there ANYONE out there who has had the same issue? I feel so alone and lost and so, so depressed.
Feel free to post to my new topic in the forum. But, if you want, you can email me at buffyclary@yahoo.com. Thank you in advance.




    Ninababy

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 6:20 PM

#9
Buffy do not feel alone!! How are you now?? I am one year out and only 30 lbs. No weight loss for over 6 mos. 9.5 in a 14cc band. No bread and I chew lots to get food down. Low cal low carb low fat. Let me know if something is working for u as I am disgusted as well!!


    Journeytothenewme

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  • Location: LOUISIAN
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
Posted May 30, 2011 - 11:03 PM

#10
I have been banded since 1/2011 and i am having the same problems you are. I have only lost 10pds since Jan. and i feel it is very difficult. I have a 14cc band & had 3 fills 6.5 cc. It is very difficult for me to get bread and meats down as well. My first meal for the day always comes back up for some reason. After that I am okay for the day but the meat hurts going down. I am wondering the same thing. Did i really make the right decision. I can truly say my workout is little to none. Lapbanders does working out really help with the weight loss. I am not eating much of anything daily so i know it is not the calorie intake.


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