I've always been overweight/obese. After having two children and now in my 30s, losing weight became increasingly difficult and old methods were ineffective. At 252 lbs, I decided to get the lapband as a last means to assist my weight loss. I was banded in November of 2009. The weight melted off with little effort and I lost nearly half my weight within a year. I did, however, get pregnant and delivered my third child in 2011. The pregnancy was unlike my previous two, my weight was well managed and there were no complications. Naturally, I was not hyperfocused on fills during this period. However, immediately after having my baby, I got back to getting fills and the remainder of my weight shed in 6 months. My lowest weight was 132 lbs (size 0/2) and it's been a surreal experience.
Unfortunately, I moved to Canada for a few years. I had to get a fill and I believe that they used the wrong needle (straight instead of Huber). After this fill I had 7.5ml in my band. After returning to the US, I got another fill because I gained 15 lbs. The physician only pulled 2 ml out of the band and added 3 ml at that time. It's been over a year since this appointment and I've gained another 15 lbs. Unfortunately the past two years has been nothing but an obstacle- divorce, changing jobs, fulltime school, kids...name it. Not an excuse, just a huge obstacle. (I also have some interesting thoughts on the psychology of being banded for so long and how it fades to the background).
So fast forward to today, I've schedule an appt for tomorrow to get my band checked. If I'm lucky, there will be 5 ml in the band and I'll just need to proceed with fills until I get to green. If the band is low I will proceed with the necessary tests to get prepped for a band replacement. I'm excited to make this my priority again, but I need to get back into the lapband community to keep this in the forefront of my mind and actions.
UPDATE: I don't have a leak (big yeah). But it's a great illustration of how our surgeons, docs, etc can make an error and not replace the full volume in our bands. If at all possible, ask to see the amount of fluid being administered before they push it back in so you can ensure nothing's overlooked.
After a 1.5cc fill, I'm back in the green. I'm eating approx. 1/2cup, losing weight again. SO THRILLED
Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Starting Weight: 252 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 252 lbs
Current Weight: 162.4 lbs
Goal Weight: 135 lbs
Weight Lost: 89.6 lbs
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit:
Surgery Date: 11/04/2009
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 2nd Letter Appeal Approval