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Lap band erosion

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Started by sjtkatz3, Dec 10, 2007 9:42 AM
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    sjtkatz3

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Posted December 10, 2007 - 9:42 AM

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I just found out on Saturday that my band has eroded and must be removed. I am totally devistated. I have had the band for 2 years and have lost 85 lbs. I am terrified of regaining the weight. I am trying to do some research. I really do not understand what has happened. The doctor took all of the restriction out, but I do not understand why I am told that it will not heal itself. Any thoughts?


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Posted December 10, 2007 - 11:26 AM

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If I am correct, a slip can be mended by an unfill. Erosion is completely different. Do you know if he can give you a new band? I think sometimes they have to wait to have the stomach return to normal.


    sjtkatz3

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Posted December 10, 2007 - 3:54 PM

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Dr. wants to remove it and wait 6 months for erosion to heal. I have another concern, I do not have the money to have band removed. It took me three years to save up the money for the band. Now I am faced with having it removed and them having another one installed. The money issue might be the reason why it hit me so hard.


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Posted December 10, 2007 - 4:31 PM

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I am so sorry to hear that! Truthfully that scared me too. My insurance covered the band but I don't know about removal. Good luck to you.


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Posted December 10, 2007 - 5:51 PM

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Whatis erosin? I had a band put in 2-27-06 and am doing well. I forgot what they said about erosin.

Diana


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Posted December 10, 2007 - 6:26 PM

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Diane, I believe errosion is when the stomach grows around the band and into the stomach. The band can actually errode into the stomach. I believe that is what it is. It does require surgery to fix and typically they can't put in a new band until it heals. Hope this helps.


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Posted December 10, 2007 - 8:57 PM

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Did you have any symptoms? A lot of us are afraid of this and wonder how we know whether to go for tests to make sure everything is okay.

Did you have a lot of heartburn or anything that made you decide
to have a test done where the erosion was discovered?

I am just like you- I would be so afraid if I had to have mine removed that I would gain all my weight back. I haven't even gotten rid of all my boxes and boxes of clothes that are too big
because I am so afraid someday the band will be taken away from me.


    sjtkatz3

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Posted December 11, 2007 - 8:00 AM

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I have had no symptoms. I went in for a fill, dr. used this machine (fluro somethingoranother) to watch the fluid go down. He stopped took all of the fluid out and said that I had an erosion. Must be removed and in 6 months can be reinstalled. But at what cost? I have never had any symptoms other than after the last fill, I never felt tight. Dr. said that it was probably eroded then (Aug 07), but he couldn't tell from the pictures. This is just something I am going to have to deal with. I have lost 85 lbs and I do not want to go back. I would like to lose another 25, but that will probably not happen soon. If I have the band removed in Jan-Feb, It can probably be put back on in Aug-Sep timeframe. Dr. said that because he thinks that it has not been working for a while, I might not need to have it re-installed. It is my crutch. I feel safe with it. I will probably be rebanded.


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