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  1. LadyMaggie

    Disappearing lapbanders

    I plan to keep my band until the grave; obviously, if it was a medical necessity, I would have it removed. I guess you can call me a "lifer".
  2. I also appreciate the updates over the years from B52; I have followed his posts since I had my lap band surgery in April 2012. I wish him good luck on the next phase of his life without the band.
  3. LadyMaggie

    Disappearing lapbanders

    I have been doing a lot of research; it seems that their is a recent publication by The Journal of the American Medical Association ("JAMA") discouraging lap band surgery, but is in favor of the "sleeve". I've read the article several times, but still didn't really agree with their stance. My lap band DID slip in May 2016 and I had to have a "revision" surgery to put my lap band back in place. Honestly, I don't have any regrets about the surgery and I would certainly do it again. Good luck to you "newbies" ***smiles***
  4. LadyMaggie

    Back to basics and really doing it!

    I've always heard God puts you where he wants you. What a blessing that I have found this post! Like many of you, my story is a VERY long one -- my Sister and Niece were murdered; my lap band "slipped" which required a revision surgery (there is more to my story, but I'll stop there). At my highest weight, I was at 250 pounds. In this lap band journey, my lowest weight was 170 pounds. I am dealing with a "'re-gain", and currently weigh 199 pounds. I have abandoned my exercise program, and my love affair with food continues **sigh**. I am looking to get back on track. My doctor has set my goal weight at 180 pounds, but my own personal goal is 170 pounds. I feel like I have forgotten all of the "rules" -- a tad overwhelmed about how and where to start. My lap band is currently empty, but I am scheduled for a fill in 3 weeks, barring any issues/reflux, etc. My goal is to lose 30 pounds. Your stories, and posts are encouraging.
  5. LadyMaggie

    Inflammation from sinus drainage.

    Pineapple juice helps me
  6. LadyMaggie

    Day 0

    Be patient; drink lots of fluids; let your body recover from surgery. Good Luck~
  7. LadyMaggie

    Long Term Results?

    5 years out; still maintaining
  8. LadyMaggie

    Can't keep anything in

    take small sips on pineapple juice; it works for me everytime.
  9. LadyMaggie

    12 days post op

    I got desperate during my "liquid phase" and ate oatmeal and pudding. BAD, I know, but it didn't cause any issues for me. Good Luck!
  10. LadyMaggie

    Diet Coke

    My lap band doctor said "NO" to anything with carbonation (no soda, beer, etc.). They cause your stomach to swell. If you drink them on a regular basis, your lap band will slip. I would most definitely check with your surgeon before you do. Personally, since your surgery was so recent, if it were me, I would NOT risk it. Good luck!
  11. LadyMaggie

    Help :-/

    I didn't tell anyone but my children and husband. I tell people I have issues with my hernia or esophagus if they make a comment about how or what I am eating. It's worked for me for almost 5 years. Good Luck
  12. LadyMaggie

    New surgery, new member

    Welcome to the other side. I didn't have a lot of pain post-op. Follow your dietitian's advice and be patient.
  13. LadyMaggie

    Palpating the Port, is it Flat or Curved?

    Yes, and I discussed this last week with my surgeon. There are options once you reach your goal weight and your port is sticking out or feels awkward. Check with your doctor.
  14. I did NOT have my band removed. I went to four consecutive appointments to my lap band doctor. My complaints were always the same; night time coughing and reflux. He eventually did a complete unfill. As we began to fill the band, the symptoms returned. In my opinion, the surgeon waited to long to deal with it, so my band had slipped. I had surgery on May 31st. He re-positioned the band and I presume it is empty. I see him on Friday (June 17th) for an appointment.
  15. I do not believe emptying my band either time resolved the issue; which is why I ultimately ended up having surgery for the slipped band. I lost 18 pounds in one week because I could not keep ANY liquids down. My doctor waited too late to deal with it. Perhaps for some, empty band resolves issue --- but that was NOT my experience.

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