I have had my band since September 2007 and have yet to reach my goal but am very happy to have lost over 110 lbs.
My mom and siblings have always have problems with weight issues. I started gaining weight at the age of 25. Over the next 26 years I went from 150 to 330.
I developed diabetes type 2, sleep apnea, sever pains in my back and knees walking was a chore, getting off the coach was and an adventure
It seems when I stay away from this board that I gain weight and find my way back
My lowest weight since banded was in 2009 around 180. Afterwards stop exercising and even though I still ate properly during my meals I went back to heavy duty snacking and the weight started to creep back on. In June 2011 I had a complete unfill due to esophagus dilation and during the next three months gained 25 lbs
I slowly kept gaining weight. On January 1 2013 after reaching 250 I recommitted myself and am losing weight again
Currently my weight is around 176.
update: shortly after posting the above I stop exercising and being careful with what I ate and no surprise I gained about 45 lbs and have lost 20 lbs of that.
Some of the benefits that have come as a result of the band is:
No more diabetes medicine (Back on diabetes medicine August 2015 as a precaution)
No more sleep apnea
No more pain in my back or knees
I actually enjoy walking
I can keep up with the grand children
For me the band has worked and though I have had my ups and down it was one of my best decisions I have ever made.
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Starting Weight: 330 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 285 lbs
Current Weight: 188 lbs
Goal Weight: 170 lbs
Weight Lost: 142 lbs
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 06/18/2007
Surgery Date: 09/12/2007
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 2nd Letter Appeal Approval
jfc193's Bariatric Surgeon
ThinnerFuture - Bariatric Group Of Peninsula Surgical Specialists Medical Group
1720 El Camino Real
Burlingame, California 94010