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About JosieK

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    JosieK from TX
  • Birthday 10/20/1957

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    Just married my best friend 10-9-10
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  1. JosieK


    Hi everyone, I was banded 2007 and used this site for everything from suggestions for doctors to use to any issues I was having. Back then we didn’t have a lot to go on in terms of WLS connections, so this was invaluable. I don’t come on regularly but I do try to drop in once in a while. It helps me to stay on track. im not sure if this is true or just my perception ....but the site has changed....it seems like this site is a more supportive one. When I came in, it seemed like a battle ground in many ways. I was able to manuver my way around and stick with the winners. Poor Alex had a heck of a time 😂 ‘It’s funny I happened upon this thread today.... I was just reading a post where the person had the lapband for years and started having trouble with it. They asked for advice on getting it out and if they should get new surgery. one lady took the time to get on and tell her story. The original person went back on lecturing her. I thought,”Wait you ask for input, then you start lecturing the person that had a successful path for herself”. 🤔 generally i try to stick with telling my experience. Someone can’t refute that. And if they did.... it’s my experience. ‘Of course if I said something wrong, I would apologize immediately. I agree these anonymous social media sites sometimes brings out the worst. This site has been fine for me. But get me on twitter.... and I am out of control sometimes. I’ve had to stop twitter because those are the things that made me eat out of control. Have a blessed day
  2. JosieK

    Lapband removed after 10 years

    here's the link luckybear https://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/399081-why-do-we-fall-off-the-wagon-how-to-get-back-on/?do=findComment&comment=4485575
  3. JosieK

    Lapband removed after 10 years

    here's the link lucky bear
  4. hi James, I must say I am very encouraged by your post and it is great motivation. I just had my lapland taken out and plan to not have any other surgery. I share your post since I find it very thoughtful and encouraging not to mention we need to take responsibility. thank you for taking the time to share it. josie
  5. JosieK

    Lapband removed after 10 years

    hi lucky bear, I've gone back to the real basics when we got the band. particularly: -journaling every lick, bite and (I forget the last one weight watchers uses) -protein first -water, water, water (I find sometimes when I'm "hungry" I'm actually thirsty -1200 cals a day. (I adjust if I exercise a lot or don't exercise at all) I read a very encouraging man's post the other day which is helping "my head hunger" I'll try to copy it and post for you. keep in touch. we are in this together. I do have a TERRIBLE sugar addiction I do battle after dinner. josie
  6. JosieK

    Lapband removed after 10 years

    hi teresa, so funny you ask about insurance on this... my insurance since the beginning of this journey said "NO BARIATRIC SURGERY". So when this problem occurred, I thought for sure it would be cash only. I think since it was becoming a big problem, I think they filed it as urgent (and it was) and they covered 80%. good luck and keep us posted on your journey. josie
  7. JosieK

    Depression [emoji20]

    When I had a tummy tuck, I went into a bad depression afterwards. My doctor said it happens to some people after surgery and they don’t know exactly why. Speculation says its due to hormones. It didn’t last too long.. good luck
  8. Dr Erik Wilson. I just had my lap band removed yesterday after having it 10 years. He’s holding off doing the sleeve because my slip was so bad. Everyone at the surgery center raves about him. He’s efficient, smart and have a great bedside manner He’s at 6700 west loop south suite 500 UT professional bldg Bellaire Tx
  9. Hi everyone, well I had my lapband removed yesterday and I feel great. The operation went very smoothly and relatively speaking...it doesn’t hurt. When I had it put in I was laid up for 2weeks. I think advances in anesthesia has a lot to do with it. . So glad to be able to eat a fruit, salad, veggies without getting that weird look on my face. First off I’m soooo glad I got the lapband in the first place. The trajectory of my life changed so much for the better. But the band is a tool. We must still put disciplines in to achieve our goals. The reason i had it taken out, a few months ago I had a really bad virus and I think from throwing up my band slipped. So coupled with the fact I’m at my goal weight ... I felt it was time. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I’d probably go with the sleeve since I hear maintenance afterwards is easy. The band has quite a bit of post-surgery management. If one does choose the lapband... make sure the doctor’s staff is knowledgeable, efficient and they like their job. You’ll work with them on a lot of things. Dr Spivak (Houston) put mine in and I can’t say enough about his staff. They were wonderful. And a few of them had bariatric surgery so they totally understand what we were going through. Unfortunately for us he moved to Israel. Dr Erik Wilson took the lapband out yesterday He is great. Smart, efficient, etc. As great as he is......The workings of his office aren’t great. I haven’t worked with him long but the staff was not that nice and everyone told me to contact someone else for answers. Could never find anyone. So I’m not sure I would have him put the lapband in based on that fact. On surgeries that don’t require a lot of follow up, I most definitely would use Dr. Erik Wilson (by the way there are 2 of them...his brother is Dr Todd Wilson )
  10. JosieK

    Just starting the process

    Hi, first let me say this forum is an excellent source of information. I found my lapband doctor and my cosmetic surgeon on here and I was thrilled with both. I had my band done in March 2007. I’ve lost 120lbs. The key to any weight loss surgery is to approach it as a tool and not a magical cure. I liked and still like the lapband for the fact I am didn’t change my physiology. When I was doing my research I noticed some people failed miserably at all of the surgeries and some people were successful. So I was thinking to back out of surgery. But in looking at it critically.....some of the people that didn’t lose weight talked a lot about ice cream, magueritas, etc. Dairy Queen. Conversely the people that were losing weight were working at it by: -journaling what they were eating -getting protein in -exercising -Drinking Water -actively talking to others working towards weight loss. -when I fell off the wagon I followed the basics as listed above. So I decided to proceed and follow the latter group. My life has changed 100pct. For many reasons but the weight loss was a huge factor. (I hated being the biggest person in the room) The lapband does take a bit of work and follow up (ie. Getting the fills right) but I wanted to lose the weight so badly I didn’t care. Any problems I had were of my own making...ie. Making the band too tight mainly. I had my band unfilled about 3 years ago after losing the weight but still had a bit of restriction which i was happy about.... Fast forward to today. I️ had a pretty bad virus about 4 months ago and my band slipped from vomiting. So I’ve decided to have it taken out on Friday. After the virus the reflux is not good. I was thinking of switching to the sleeve but I’ve decided to go without another surgery. (If I do start gaining I may change my mind and have surgery down the road) None of these surgeries are perfect and none are disasters. I think your doctor, coupled with the research you are doing will help you to make the best decision for you. Some people have had success and some people haven’t with each of the surgeries. Would I do it again... absolutely! Best of luck and let me know if you have any questions...
  11. JosieK

    Help My Daughter

    I was banded 10years ago and lost all my weight. Generally I found if I followed a healthy eating food plan, kept a food journal, exercised... I did well. I would “fall off the wagon” once in awhile... but then I’d get back on track. Any weight lost surgery is one of many tools we have to help us. They are not the total answer to weight loss. This is key and one reason I think some people fail to lose the weight they want to lose is they rely mainly on the surgery. There is a lot of maintenance with the lapband. Ie. Fills that work one time are too much/too little other times. Also sometimes exercise, flying and other random times the band would be affected. But I was Ok with it....until about 4 months ago. I had a really bad virus. It was the first time I️ threw up from illness in 10 years. All of a sudden I couldn’t sleep at night with a lot of reflux, I couldn’t eat many times, etc. I went 2 weeks ago and I have a serious slip. I’m getting the band out Friday. I can’t switch to another surgery until my body heals a bit. I was a big cheerleader for the lapband. And it really served me well. The one thing i really like about it, after it’s taken out it’s as if there wasn’t an operation because the body hasn’t been surgically changed But medical advances give us more choices nowadays. I am going to try to go without any replacement surgery doing everything I’ve done to lose the weight. If it doesn’t work, down the road I will do the sleeve. (Discussed with my doctor as my best option) Your doctor will recommend what’s best for you based on weight to lose, lifestyle etc. And you decide after your research what you think is best I wouldn’t recommend the lapband to my friends based on the other options.
  12. I’m having my band removed on Friday by Dr. Erik Wilson. 6700 West Loop South. Suite 500 UT Professional Bldg Bellaire TX 77401 713-892-5500
  13. I’m having my band removed on Friday by Dr. Erik Wilson. 6700 West Loop South. Suite 500 UT Professional Bldg Bellaire TX 77401 713-892-5500
  14. This is right on. Whenever I think "never going back to....." it's a trap. I've been living "One day at a time" in another program for 29 years. Same skills apply here (for me). I also learned if I stick to sharing my own experience and not preach to others...how could I go wrong? No one could discount or argue my experience. Man when I first joined this group back in 2007, it had a few "experts" that knew-it-all for everybody and was a tough place to maneuver BUT... it helped me to save me life. I found the winners (mainly people that shared their own experience) and stuck with them. I stayed away from anyone that gave unsolicited advice. This place is chock full of well meaning people.
  15. In my 10 year journey, there were times I fell off the plan. So I went back to basics. Key: 1. journal everything I ate. It helped me to clearly see what I was doing. 2. I only weighed and measured myself once a month. The scale becomes an idol to me and I react to whatever it says. 3. I increased my exercise. 4. I consciously ate my meals. Never in front of a TV or doing something else other than eat. 5. I started cycling and signed up for a charity race for MS. It gave me a goal to work towards plus it was a social activity. Key was to make sure my band wasn't too tight. When it was, in ate calorie intense liquids and ice cream. Big no no it helped me to get back on track. Hope this helps

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