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gcmy

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  1. I had lap band surgery 2 yrs ago. Currently, I weigh about 10lbs less than I did before I had the surgery. I never had any restriction. If my band had been made any tighter, eventually I would have damaged my esophagus. I went back to my doctor, and she says I can do a revision to bypass surgery. I took the nutrition classes, but have not yet gone to the doctors for my clearances. I had no fear when I had the lap band surgery done, it just didn't work. I am so unhappy that I am not losing weight. Should I go ahead with the revision surgery, or just be sad for a lifetime?
  2. I have had the lapband for two years in June and only lost 20 lbs. I was seeing a nurse practitioner, and I'm not sure she knew what she was doing. I saw one surgeon in the practice that have me 1 additional cc, witch made my fill 9 ccs in an 11 cc band. Then I saw the other surgeon, and had a full under floroscopy. He removed saline because he said food was not flowing down to my stomach fast enough. Still no additional weight loss. Any I just feel defeated. Any suggestions?
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    Don't Know What Is Going On

    When I spoke with the first surgeon, she said I definately did not have enough restriction. I enjoy exercise, but eat much more than one cup of food, and I am hungry in about 2 hrs. I need to eat at 8/10:30 snack/ 11:30 lunch. I usually have another snack at 1:30. Then it seems like I don't get hungry again until about 7pm.
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    anyone from ne philly

    I live in DE, and work in Concordville, PA. Don't know if we could work something out.
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    So Confused

    Had surgery one and a half years ago. I lost about 20 lbs, and was never able to lose any more. The nurse practitioner I saw always made it seem like I was a failure because I was not losing. A friend of mine suggested that I make an appt with a surgeon in my practice. I saw the surgeon. My fill was to 9ccs, With a fill under floroscopy, the surgeon is now telling me that he thinks my fill was too tight, because when we observed it, the barium I drank was stuck before it even reached my band. Some saline was actually removed. I am so confused, and have not really been successful after 16 months banded. Does anyone know what is going on?
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    So Confused

    Thank you. I read the link, and I think I understand. I will refer to it often, in an effort to remind myself of how the band is supposed to work. Just a little frustrated that after all this time, I have not had more success. :-).
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    So Confused

    The surgeon was the one who implanted my band, and he is surgeon in charge at a "Bariatric Center of Excellence".The NP is no longer associated with the practice. Since I went there today, I still have no restriction. I don't know what to do or think. He told me to make a follow up appt for 6 weeks.
  8. I had my surgery in the summer of 2011. I lost 20 lbs prior to surgery, and only 20 lbs since. I was seeing the nurse practitioner at my surgeons office. She gave me 9 1/2 ccs in my 11 cc band. Whenever I went to see her, she was asking me what was wrong with me, and telling me that she had only known one other person the band did not work for. I was eating well, and exercising, but I could not lose more than 20 lbs. I received a call from someone who had gotten the lap band when I did. She lost much more weight than I did. My friend suggested I make an appt with one of the surgeons in the practice, not the nurse practitioner. I went yesterday, and a doctor gave me a fill of one more cc. She said the next one can be done with an x-ray, just to make sure the band is ok, and fill it as much as possible, without being over filled. I have more restriction today. Sad that I wasted a year and a half, but hopeful that the band will work for me now.
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    Sad but hopeful

    This is so helpful. Thank you for all the support.
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    Sad but hopeful

    THANKS. I must say that through it all I have kept a pretty positive attitude, but looking forward to getting much closer to my goal.
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    Black Teeth

    Can the surgery make your teeth turn black?
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    How Did You Know?

    Thank you. This was very helpful.
  13. How did you know when it was time to stop losing weight and focus on maintenance?
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    Fat Failure

    Hi. I was banded on 6/27/11, and the last time I went to the Dr. I had only lost 12 lbs. (I gained 5 back). I was feeling like a failure. I happened to see a picture of myself. From the waist up it was amazing. I am so motivated now, eventually I know the rest will come. Keep it up. Success is just around the corner.
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    Fat Failure

    Hi. I was banded on 6/27/11, and the last time I went to the Dr. I had only lost 12 lbs. (I gained 5 back). I was feeling like a failure. I happened to see a picture of myself. From the waist up it was amazing. I am so motivated now, eventually I know the rest will come. Keep it up. Success is just around the corner.
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    Fat Failure

    Hi. I was banded on 6/27/11, and the last time I went to the Dr. I had only lost 12 lbs. (I gained 5 back). I was feeling like a failure. I happened to see a picture of myself. From the waist up it was amazing. I am so motivated now, eventually I know the rest will come. Keep it up. Success is just around the corner.
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    I am a lying liar

    I almost cried when I saw your post. I was only banded on 6/27/11. The last time I was at the Dr's office, I had only lost 12 lbs. I am so happy I only told a couple of people. I was still feeling like a failure. I couldn't believe I had surgery, and STILL wasn't losing weight. I have 9ccs in an 11 cc band. My next weigh-in is 3 days away. I saw a picture of myself yesterday for the first time since the surgery. When I was looking from the waist up, it was amazing. Now I know eventually the rest will come. I will be forever motivated. I still don't think I will ever tell that many people. But now I see there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And who knows, if you feel comfortable with it, maybe you can help someone you don't know change their life as well.
  18. I have been very frustrated. I was banded on 6/27/11, and I have only lost 12 lbs. I was filled to 9cc's two days ago. Since then, I can't eat much. I'm happy, but just wondering how I'm going to get my protein in. Everything is staying down. I just can't eat much. Could this be restriction, or am I too tight?
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    Are my fills working?

    Our stories are almost the same. I was banded on 6/27/11. I have only lost 12 lbs. I keep losing and regaining the same three pounds over again. It's very frustrating. I feel like a failure, and I'm so glad I didn't really tell anyone that I was having surgery. However, two days ago, I went to 9cc's. Since then, I have only been able to eat very little. I'm happy, but just a little concerned about getting all of my protein in. Going to post to see if anyone can confirm if this is the "sweet spot" I've been waiting for, or if I am too tight. So hang in there. It's coming....Good luck! Hope you'll be smiling soon.
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    Third Fill

    I was banded on 6/25/11. In the beginning it was great. I was never hungry. I got 5 ccs for my first fill. Everything was ok, I was still losing weight. My next fill was 2 ccs. I was hungrier than before the lapband and gained 4 lbs . Today I got an addittional 1.5 ccs. It was too much! My stomach started making crazy noises, and I was so full I couldn't stand it. Just from a couple of swallows of water. Half a cc was removed. I feel pretty good now. Praying that I've hit the sweet spot.
  21. I had breast reduction surgery 3 yrs ago and went from an I cup to a DD. I was banded on 6/27/11, and have lost 17 lbs. I went to buy a new bras last week. I tried one on, and all could say was ahhhh. No feeling like I was wearing a coat of armour. Pretty styles. Not even any underwire. NSV...Yes!
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    New from Delaware

    Hi! I live in Newark. I went to my first seminar in late January. I had planned to have my surgery sooner, but I needed to have my surgery at a "Center of Excellence". I was banded on 6/27/11. The date will depend on your insurance company requirements, and the type/number of doctors you need to see for surgery clearance. Welcome to the journey.

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