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.

    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.

  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?

  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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

    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.

    6. Insurance & Financing

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

  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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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!

  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!

    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


    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.

    4. Fitness & Exercise

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

    5. 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    11. Rants & Raves

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!**

    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!

    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!

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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!

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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 Our goal is to make sure you know everything.

    29. Website Assistance & Suggestions

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

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  • Recent Status Updates

    • 36Pisces8@

      My surgeon is Dr. Louis Balsama, my insurance Horizon NJ Health
      So my name is Loren and I am beginning my weight loss journey. On September 7th I went to a very small seminar at the surgeons office, and right after I had my first nutrition consult. I was told that I qualified and given a folder full of things that I could get started on if I wanted. September 8th I ran to get my blood work done. September 12th I went for my UG I and chest x-rays at 8:30 in the morning. Around 10:30 am the surgeons office called to go over my results. I found out I had pre diabetes, vitamin B and D deficient. The diabetes is not a problem the number was a 6.3 so it wasn't treated. The Vitamin D is being treated at 50,000 units once a week, and Vitamin B is just over the red flags. UG I and chest x-rays were perfect. September 14th  I went to my primary to get clearance and my medical history. She was more than happy to do it for me. She told me this a great life changing opportunity.  September 15th I went for my cardiac clearance ekg was fine so I was in and out in a flash. I scheduled my appointment with the surgeon and that appointment is coming up on the 28th of September. Yes, you read that correctly I've done all this running around and haven't had my first appointment with the surgeon yet. All that is left is my pulmonary visit on October 10th, the psych evaluation, a sleep study, two more nutrition visits, and pre op class. I don't know what to expect from the consult with the doctor...I wish I was able to get a date at this visit. Im really hoping for a November or December date at this point.
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    • Newme17

      HAPPY 39th BIRTHDAY TO ME!!! 
      Yep, today's my birthday and I'll scream it out loud for all the world to hear.  Why?  Not for birthday wishes, but because of the birthdays I had growing up weren't really celebrated too much.  When I became an adult, I would always be depressed on this day.  I had enough of it two years ago and had a revelation (thanks to my brother) and decided that from now on, I will celebrate my birthday and be happy on this day. I believe that this is the day that God has made and He and all His angels are rejoicing because I was made!!! I won't be sad anymore.  Sure, things come up, like today my four year old had the biggest epic fit over a pair of pants (and at school--the first ever) and also today, I'm missing work because I'm not feeling well, and have to go see the doctor as well.  I even weighed myself to see if I made it to onderland, but that didn't happen either.  But despite the negative stuff, I am well, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY AND I WILL BE HAPPY.  
      · 3 replies
      1. Apple1

        Happy Birthday 🎈🎁🎉 !!!!

        Definitely think we should celebrate the gift of life. I am blessed to have gotten to know you over the past five months even though it is only through online communication.

        Enjoy your day and many blessings to you!

      2. Newme17

        Thank you @Apple1!!! I call our online friendship blessed as well. Have yourself a great day!

      3. FluffyChix

        Hey, congrats! Have a blessed and joy-filled day despite the minutia!!! Hope this year is filled with wonder and happiness.

        We're almost twins. Mine was yesterday. :460_circus_tent::224_monkey:

    • Véronique

      In order to make my water quota for the day, I need to get 900 ml more.
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    • OutsideMatchInside

      I went shopping again this weekend, building the Fall wardrobe. I was feeling kind of crappy because I had to get size 31 skinny jeans from J.Crew because of my hips and thighs. Then I thought about it. I used to have a 66 inch waist, my hips were 70 inches. That fact that I had to get size 31 jeans instead of 30 shouldn't be a real issue at this point. This is the point where weight loss just gets nitpicky. On the bright size. I wear a size 8 at Brooks Brothers! Also I got some size 10 over the knee boots from a brand that runs small and they fit perfect.
      · 1 reply
      1. MowryRocks

        I get the same

    • Hopep4673

      I had the worst experience this weekend... Friday my brother and mother talked me into riding a ride at the fair that i did not want to ride... i got up in the chair and they could not latch the harness... bc I am too fat. I knew it b4 i got up there but it is so much worse when u have proof... I cannot wait for the day when stuff like that no longer happens... silver lining is that i have new motivation to stick to it.,
      · 5 replies
      1. Berry78

        Aww, [hugs].. I know it's horrible now, but you'll be grateful for the story in a few years!

      2. karen_marie

        Been there, got the t-shirt, and the t-shirt didn't even fit lol That was definitely one of my lowest moments too. Riding a roller coaster is on my list of things I can't wait to do once I start dropping some weight :) At least you'll have a great motivational story to share or even just reminisce on down the road.

      3. MowryRocks

        We have a Six Flags fairly close to us and my family has always had season passes, so my kids could go. I would just walk around because I haven't been able to fit on a Roller Coaster since 1999. It has always been my goal through every incarnation of weight loss attempts. My vsg was 10/26. I tried to ride the Batman two weeks before go. I was so defeated. The good news is that I have been on that mo fo at least 10 times this summer. Your time is coming.

      4. ChaosUnlimited

        Aww, sorry that happened. I haven't been on rides for years because I was so afraid thats what would happen. Someday, you will go back there and ride with no fear and replace that awful memory.

      5. Hopep4673

        thanks guys... it is my newest thing that i look forward to now

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