Banded in 2005. Nothing but problems. Unable to tolerate a fill. Had constant reflux to the point I was mostly sleeping in a sitting up/reclined position. Band out 9/7/10. At the time, I was relieved but terrified that I would regain all of my weight. I did well until the end of 2013, when my husband got transferred to another state for work. I stayed home with our youngest son, who was still in high school. Somehow I reverted back to all of my bad habits and looking back, was binging.
By the time I joined my husband in our new state, I knew my weight was a problem, but refused to get on a scale. I just did NOT want to know. By 2017, I had to see a doctor for some other things and wanted to cry when I saw the number on the scale: 295. That's 10lbs higher than my pre-banded weight. I suppose it could have been worse, but it seemed just awful to me. I tried to start getting back on track, but wasn't making much progress. A friend of mine, who has gone through a similar experience with lab band to sleeve had been encouraging me to get sleeved. I was resistant. I really didn't want to have parts of my anatomy removed. After several months of floundering, I came to the conclusion that I need a more powerful tool than my own stubbornness.
So, 4/10/18, I got sleeved. My time in the hospital was nothing like anyone else describes on these forums. I believe I was overdosed with pain medication in the recovery room and I was a zombie for at least 12 hours. By the time I was awake enough to move, I had no energy and no ambition to walk, even though they keep telling you to walk, walk, walk. I felt and looked like I had been run over by a Mack Truck. I had no desire to sip, sip, sip, either. It was only after the doctor basically yelled at me that I forced myself to sip. Word of advice for those revision patients: be prepared for a slower recovery. My surgeon said that I had A LOT of scar tissue from the band that took him a half hour to untangle. I think that may have also contributed to the Mack Truck experience while in the hospital.
Once home, I was a little better but still had to force myself to drink. I had a pretty strict schedule of fluid consumption so that I could stay on track and prevent dehydration. After about 4 or 5 days, I started feeling a little human again. I could NOT have worked in that first week. I did return to work the 2nd week, but had to take frequent breaks because of fatigue.
Now, at 15 weeks, I feel pretty "normal" again. I've lost a total of 54.5 lbs from my highest. I've gone down 2 pant sizes and I feel good. The weight is coming off super slow, but I'm Ok with that. It's coming off.
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight Lost: 63.5 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 08/22/2017
Surgery Date: 04/10/2018
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: n/a