LAP-BAND Surgery Forums

  1. Basics for Lap band Surgery Beginners

    1. 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.

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    2. 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.

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  2. My Lap Band Surgery Journey - Tell Your Story

    1. 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?

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  3. Main Lap Band Surgery Forums

    1. 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.

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    2. 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?

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    3. 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.

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    4. 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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    5. 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.

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    6. 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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  4. Lap Band Support Groups

    1. 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.

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    2. 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.

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    4. 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.

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    5. 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.

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    6. 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!

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    7. 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.

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    8. 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.

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    9. 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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  5. General Weight Loss Surgery Forums

    1. 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!

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    2. 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

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    3. 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.

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    4. Fitness & Exercise

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

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    5. Plastic & Reconstructive 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.

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    6. 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.

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    7. 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.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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!

      NOTE:  You must be 18 months post-op to participate in the WLS Veterans's Forum.

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    11. Rants & Raves

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

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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    25. 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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    26. 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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    27. 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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    28. 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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    29. 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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  • Recent Status Updates

    • CarolinaGirl5192

      ONDERLAND!! Finally! It feels awesome!!
      It's been a journey with bumps, but learning how to be a healthy person. Remember that every day is a new day and to just move forward. The bumps, turns and sometimes pot holes are all a part of your journey.  Journal, journal, journal! Know what you are putting into your body. Still have 24 more to go but feeling blessed and determined!
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    • Daisy30uk

      Hi, my name is Karen and I had my bypass surgery on October 11th 2017. I had been researching various kinds of weight loss surgery for a while, first in the UK where I was born and lived until 7 years ago, and then in the US. I first looked at the band back in 2008 but the process in the UK was long and expensive and my bariatric surgeon was very unfriendly and very conceited. I had to put things on hold when we decided to make the move to the US and it took some time to get life set up here. In 2013 I broke my knee - the tibial plateau in particular, and was not allowed to weight bear for nearly 12 weeks. Of course, I packed on more pounds during that time and even worse, the rehabilitation from that injury was made significantly harder by being morbidly obese. In 2015 I decided that I had had enough and I contacted a surgeon in the local area. I started the process to get approved by insurance and part of that was a six month supervised diet. During that time I lost over 50 lbs and the nutritionist encouraged me to carry on losing by myself without the surgery. That worked for a while, but stress and going back to work meant a return to my old habits and the weight soon came back. Before I could put all of those 50 lbs back on, I got back in contact with my surgeon as I had decided that I really could not do this on my own. Insurance accepted my six months supervised weight loss from the previous attempt so all I had to do was get the psych evaluation done again plus an EGD. That surprisingly took way longer than I imagined since the surgeon's office managed to mess up both appointments plus leave me out of pocket for the psych eval. Anyway, my papers finally got submitted this September, insurance approved me within 4 days and surgery took place just over six weeks ago. I am down 31 lbs from my highest weight and 23 lbs from my surgery weight and feeling so much better already. My now arthritic knee (from the break) is benefiting from the weight loss and clothes that had once again become too tight to wear are now fitting nicely again. It's early days but I am happy with how things are going!
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      1. karen_marie

        Congrats on your success thus far!

    • nelsonglo122

      Surgery date is Dec 5th
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    • LaLaDee

      I've lost 34 kilograms but it sounds better as 75 pounds. Maybe the Americans are onto something!
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    • Newme69

      Pre-op diet starts Monday 20 and Thanksgiving non Thursday, I don't know how this is going to work.
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      1. shedo82773

        I'm so glad this helped you. Another thing "Take it one day at a time"!!! Just think you are getting so close to your journey. Keep on doing it for yourself!!!

      2. JadeVT

        It's a lot easier than you think, trust! I would do the trusty Premier Protein for Breakfast and Lunch (with water (flavored/unflavored in between both meals and after), then for dinner, I didn't have to worry about cooking too much, b/c I made broth. I have this amazing Asian Thai-Flavored Chicken broth that is absolutely delicious if you want the recipe! :) After my broth, I had a SF popsicle and a SF Jello, and I was full and good to go.

        Don't listen to the negative people that talk about it being "miserable", it's not. It's only miserable if you think it is. It's actually pretty freeing. Like, you know you're going to stick to it, so the free food at work or the fast food places on the way home don't bother you. You'll start looking forward to the broth lol. Not to mention, you will see weight come off and feel so much better. Also, this will prepare you for your Post-Op eating (which for a while, will be just liquids) and that will be a breeze.

        You got this, don't worry about the holidays or whatever, just focus on the goal. :)

        BTW, I stuck to mine and lost 33lbs in 2 weeks.

      3. Newme69

        Wow, great job. Thanks for the advise. I sure would like the recipe for the broth. To be honest, I'm not really feeling this holiday. I'm looking forward to my new beginnings. I hope my experience is similar to yours.

      4. JadeVT

        Thai Inspired Chicken Broth

        • 1 tsp of Better Than Bouilion Roasted Chicken paste (little goes a long way)
        • 2.5 cups of water
        • dash of lime juice (RealLime brand is what I use)
        • 1 tbsp of Huy Fong Chili Garlic Paste (not Sriracha in the tube....it has sugar -- I've attached a photo for reference) - optional
        • 1 small dash of soy sauce (low sodium)
        • 1 dash of garlic powder/onion powder (no salt)
        • 1 scoop of kimchee - strained out after cooking -- also optional

        Try it out and tell me how it goes. You could also do a Thanksgiving inspired chicken broth with some seasonings like Rosemary and Sage. :D

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      5. Newme69

        Thank you so much......☺:)

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