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  1. I have developed a strange issue where cannot eat while sitting down. I immediately start trapping. If I am laying on my side or standing, I’m ok. I did not have this problem before and I haven’t had a fill in a while. Any advice?
  2. Hi Bandsters, I had my last band fill in November 2019. It put me up to 7.5 in a 10cc band. I was fine with that fill for a few months, but then COVID hit. During the lockdown my band became unbearably tight and I got acid reflux for the first time in March and was unable to eat or drink anything. My surgeon managed me through that episode, but I still wasn't very healthy. Since then, I continued to have difficulty eating, but had the added complications of blood pressure drops, causing me to become dizzy. I even fell to the ground on some occasions. I was feeling so miserable that I finally went to my doctor last week and asked to have some fluid removed. I am now down to a 7cc fill, but I am now uncontrollably hungry. I've actually forgotten what it is like to feel this way. I'm trying my best to not eat everything in sight, but no amount of protein is bringing my hunger under control. I have gained 7 pounds in 5 days. I need to get a handle on this. Have any of you encountered this on your journeys? What did you do to keep your hunger in check?
  3. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    And I just hit another milestone. I'm now officially a member of the 100 Pounds Down Club!
  4. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    It's the Fitbit app. It connects right to my Fitbit scale.
  5. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    I wanted to share this with my fellow bandsters. As of this morning, I have broken through the 200lbs threshold! The last time I was at this weight, I had just started college 15 years ago.
  6. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    My surgeon said the same thing about the sleeve. The majority of his procedures are bands. Apparently the real problems are with the older bands, which are smaller. Regarding your other comment about compliance, you are spot on. I also find that the people who struggle the most with the band are the ones who do not live close to their surgeon, so can't get their adjustments. They make it very clear up front that the band is the most burdensome of the procedures in terms of the maintenance. Since I live in New York City, my surgeon is a subway ride away, so going to appointments has never been a problem. If you have to drive an hour each way to see your doctor, you probably won't be as successful with the band. The point will come when the time commitment is a huge inconvenience. That's an example of when I would say the sleeve is the better option.
  7. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    With greatest respect, this thread is meant for people with LAP Bands. We have had too many instances of people coming here and criticizing the procedure. I wish you well on your journey, but we are the ones living with the band. We are here for support, not criticism.
  8. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    I had a similar experience pre-surgery. I went to a support group and it was all people who have fallen off the wagon, so to speak. They just told horror stories. It shook me at first, but I realized that all of these people mentioned that they had been non-compliant, either by what they were eating or how much fill they were keeping in their bands. Most importantly, everyone's journey is different and what works for one may not work for another and vice versa. Don't let these people discourage you. Focus just how you are doing. If things feel off, bring your concerns to your doctor instead of a forum. A support group is great for tips and venting, but they become toxic when people who know nothing of your medical history start projecting their experiences onto you. Always keep that in mind.
  9. Hi All, I've been struggling with hydration and caloric issues when exercising lately, to the point that I am getting early warnings of dehydration. I play tennis a minimum of three days a week, and the summer has been killing me. I can't seem to drink enough water to keep up with my needs. I actually just finished a weekend tennis camp and I had to put salt on my tongue every hour to try and retain some of the water I was losing by sweating. I also think I need a few more calories to maintain performance, but protein bars have been a no-go for me. I can only manage one bite. Do any of you have experience in adding more calories and water to your diet for sports? What has worked for you?
  10. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    I just had my year two esophagram today. Band is still in original position. No acid reflux. 85lbs down. I have had no problems. My doctor said that the complications are with people who have smaller bands. I have a 10cc band. I tend to think he is correct because bands are the procedure he performs most often.
  11. Trouvette

    Disappearing lapbanders

    Keep in mind that your body is still recovering from surgery and the pre-op diet. It is not at all unusual for things to move a bit slowly right after surgery. Stalls at this point are normal. Also keep in mind that you have no fluid in your band, so your restriction is minimal right now. Be patient. Trust me, once things settle, you will start seeing progress.
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    Is your weight loss surgeon morbidly obese?

    I'm a patient of her husband's. I love the fact that he has a band. He understands me when I discuss issues with him.
  13. Yes, from what I can gather, the majority of his procedures are still bands. But he is a pioneer in the field and lives with the band himself, so he has a unique perspective. I also wonder about the practices of the other doctors that banders have used. Not every doctor has the advantage of how huge the NYU Langone network is. The care is exceptional. Earlier this year I had to go to the ER unrelated to the band (dehydration because I played seven hours of tennis without realizing that I was dehydrating!) I couldn’t keep down a sip of water as a result, so I went to their ER. As soon as I mentioned that I was a Fielding patient, they had the on-call doctor from Fielding’s office doing a consult, did an esophagram, did an unfill, gave me more fluid via IV than they would a non-band patient because they understood that I would have more trouble than most for a while. It wasn’t even a bump in the road because I got proper care. If you don’t have easy access to your team, I can totally see how the band is a less attractive option. I wouldn’t, for instance, do the trip to a doctor in Mexico for the procedure because you won’t have your team when it’s all over. I’m a battleaxe. I have to stay active here so we all have that support base. But I do think the website founder should do a dedicated forum for revisions.
  14. This is just one thread. A few months ago there was someone here who went out of her way to comment on any post she could find about the band so she could trash the procedure. There was someone who asked for advice on what to eat after a food trapping who got flooded with negative commentary about the band!

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