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  1. Bettina,

    As soon as I lost restriction I started gaining weight (11 pounds so far). I'm positive that I will just gain all the weight back if I don't get another WLS performed. If I was able to keep the weight off on my own, I would have done it years ago. I refer to it as my defective hunger hormones syndrome.

    The doctors were a little hesitant about performing another WLS when I'm at my normal weight, but I provided my before and after photos and asked them if I had to get fat again first. It was no brainer. I've read about other doctors who will do WLS after a band removal without waiting for the patient to balloon up again.

    Like I said, I looked into getting rebanded, and I just didn't want to live in fear of erosion for the next 3 years. I want one last WLS, and one only.

    The Gastric Sleeve is a relatively new procedure.

    Defective hunger hormones syndrome...i like that. Sorry to hear about the gain. That's great that you showed them your before and after pics ---makes perfect sense to do it now and not lbs later! I don't blame you on not wanting to get rebanded, I wouldn't do it either. My sis had bypass 4 yrs ago and gained about half the weight back (i think its half--I don't mention it to her-i know it upsets her) She wanted to be banded on top of the bypass...not good.

    Take care of yourself...and best wishes!

  2. :cry I need some advice. I won't get into too much detail but here goes. I have a beautiful, smart, 17 yr old teen daughter. She is in grade 12 and works part time. Up until about 4-5 months ago she was going to attend university and eventualy be a teacher. About 7 months ago she started dating a 21 yr old, who hasnt graduated, has a record, and lives on his own. He does however work, and seems to treat her fairly well.....The problem. She now skips school quite a bit, isn't studying, passing her classes but not trying, since buying a vechicle only comes home when we tell her she must. Now she is saying she may or may not go to university now, and anytime we give her tightened restrictions she just rebells and says she's been asked to move with her boyfriend and she's gonna leave. So I need advice !!

    Mine did the same thing...same age..only the boyfriend was the same age too. (btw...I met my husband when I was 17 and he was 21 and we are married 22 yrs this feb!)

    She was gonna be a doctor, got good grades, got a car. Boyfriend passing school....no car, no parental support.

    She passed on going to a university....went to community college instead. Changed her major from medicine to International Languages....they broke up, she is sorry now she didn't go away to college instead of staying here. I supported her all the way, told her to just make sure she makes good decisions. Boyfriend is gone but I still have a great relationship with my daughter. I remember 17 all too well!!! I remember what its like to be in love. If you get strick---she will do what she wants without your blessing, and you may never see her again. Just be open an honest, I told mine that I thought she could make a better choice in a boyfriend, but that I also understood why she was attracted to him, she understood me and I her. I guess we agreed to disagree...lol.

    She is now 19, and will switch to a better college when she gets her associates degree.

    You know, english class is english class no matter where you go, maybe she can take her core classes in a community college....I myself am in college and want to be a guidance counselor, so I am up on this subject...lol. And, once in school, she will see a whole new life ahead of her and her attitude may change. My daughter was afraid to tell me that she changed her major, all I said was make sure you do something useful with it and don't waste your time. She was so relieved, she is so funny. She lives with my mom only 15 mins away, but it was good she got out. We get along so much better now. I do miss her, but she works in the same supermarket as my son, so I do get to see her, and she stops by the house. So.......you need to know when to let go (cause it is gonna happen anyway) and just be confident in the fact that you taught her to make the right decisions and that she is a good person.

    Best Wishes, and you aren't alone!!

    Take care|!

  3. When I found out my band had eroded, I was heartbroken. I was the lapband poster child and did everything I could to be successful, reaching my goal of 140 2 1/2 years later. It turns out I'm one of those special people in the 1% category of band erosion.

    After researching all my options, I decided to go with the gastric sleeve - Drs. V and Ponce do this surgery. I just didn't think I could handle another heartbreak/band erosion.

    I'm gritting my teeth, waiting for removal and gastric sleeve surgery. Nothing like a complete unfill to remind me what it's like to be hungry all the time again.

    I had no symptions of erosion other than I felt no restriction and thought I just needed a fill. The difference was that it was an overnight transition rather than a gradual loss of restriction. When I told my U.S. doctor this before the flouroscope, he said an overnight change is never a good thing. He thought I sprung a leak until we watched the contrast Fluid flow around the band rather than through it.

    Good luck this week with your removal.

    That is awful to hear....but yay on your reaching goal!!!! Do you think you would gain it back without another WLS? What is gastric sleeve?

    I wonder if erosion can come just from time too? Maybe they just don't have a long life to begin with. I have heard that the newer bands are made different from the older ones...have you checked into that?

    Best wishes to you!!! :)

  4. Did I mention that I chose the midband because I researched my options thoroughly and found that the chance of a midband erosion is very very small? yeah... look where that got me.

    Bettina you are right in the idea that if you follow bandster rules perfectly, the chance of slippage is pretty small... but food mastication is not the only reason a person pb's or vomits. The flu is pretty prevalent, and flu vaccines only protect you from a certain strain of flu... say type a for instance... if you then get exposed to type b...well... you're probably gonna get very sick. If you forcefully vomit, you could have a slip... there's always food poisoning, travel/motion sickness, vertigo... etc. Your dr may also believe that if you're a perfect bandster you won't slip, but there's always a small chance, and a small chance is not so small when it happens to you.

    I hope your determination protects you and you have a long healthy banding experience. As your support friends, we just want you to be clear and educated. If you never believe it could slip you won't have checks to make sure it hasn't. That could be band suicide.

    I am one of the nearly nonexistent group of people on this planet that has had an erosion with a midband... so, never think never...always be aware of the possibilities and keep your eye on them. Good Luck to you.

    Thank you for your concern and support. I do appreciate it.:)

    I am totally clear and completely educated when it comes to the band. (i don't mean to sound mean about it, but I wasn't sure if you were telling me that I don't know what I am doing or not.):cry

    I have checks all the time with the doc, it is required by him and my insurance. I also know that I don't have the same food issues as others, so does my Doc and that is why we are 100% that I won't have problems. Hmmm...flu and such, yeah its possible, but I never get sick so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will remain in the same good health. I have only thrown up once in my life and was a kid. I am lucky and just dont' throw up....looking for wood to knock...lol. I don't eat out-ever- so food poisoning shouldn't happen..Motion sickness--don't get that either.

    I am not saying that nothing bad could ever happen to me--but as far as doing what I am supposed to --all will be perfect. Outside of that, I can't control and I will just keep my fingers crossed. :D

    Take care! :P:) :)

  5. When can we have lettuce, I am 3 wks from banding?

    My dietician told me that we can have lettuce when we are on regular foods. I have been on regular foods but have been afraid to eat a salad.

    I had my first fill yesterday...no problem....Tinkster......It went fine...didn't even hurt...and I felt the restriction as I walked out of his office. I had to do liquid yesterday...but am doing mushies today. The fill is great!!! Just like when I got out of the hospital....eat only a little...not starving...i had a cup of cream of brocc Soup today...was awsome to feel full!

    This morning I had (lol) Gerber Rice with Bananas baby Cereal. For dinner I had about a cup of mac and cheese (nothing else mushie in the house) I am done eating for the day...yay!

    Best wishes to you---you'll be great!!!

  6. Bettina YES IT CAN!! Vomitting can make it slip. ALL bands have that piece sutured around the band and you can still slip. It has decreased the incidence but it is still possible. And the actual procedure is not done all the way around because that is known to increase erosion!!

    Pam Good luck to you!!

    I would think that the band is no longer a good option-

    I would consider another WLS if you feel it is warranted. PM geezer sue.

    My band can't slip...my doc guaranteed it. :) As long as I follow what I am supposed to do, it won't. I won't vomit, no reason too if I follow the directions. I could see where you might have a problem if you eat too much and the pouch pulls on the larger part of the stomach and pulls it thru the band...but slippage? no.:P

  7. Your church should be following the words of the Bible. Doesn't your church follow the words of the bible? If they do what does your bible say?

    Which bible do you mean? There are several. King James wanted a divorce from his wife because she couldn't have a son....he knocked up one of the handmaids and she had a son....so he had the bible rewritten ...so that he could marry her.....hence the King James Verson....and I don't really care either way....I am just curious when someone says "the bible" ...which one??

    So many people don't agree with what is supposed to be the original bible, that they go off and make their own religion......hard to know which is accurate. (esp since the orig bible was written many many years after the incidents written in it)

    I am not trying to cause grief....it just facinates me. I think we should all be multi-denominational.....but that is just my own opinion :)

  8. Hi everyone,

    I had my surgery last week on the 24th, and finally feel normal (aside from the itching!)

    I've been eating (drinking) Miso Soup, Tomato Soup, broths, Water, diet iced tea, Protein drink, and cottage cheese (just because i felt the need to have something "solid" once per day).

    However, the past two days I've been feeling REALLY hungry at various points during the day, so then I panic that the band slipped or something. Did anyone else feel like that a week or so out from their surgery?

    Next week, I guess i'm supposed to enter the more solid/puree'd stuff, and think that might help with the hunger, but I don't know what's normal or not.

    Any advice???



    I am sure your band didn't slip. You have a layer of fat around your stomach...(like a roast would) when they band you, they usually put the band over the fat.....then the fat melts away and the band is "loose"

    It would be like wearing a belt...on notch 3....you lose 10 lbs, and you still keep your belt on notch 3....its just gonna hover there. When you get a fill you'll be fine again.

    Ask your doc about how the band is attached...most pull a piece of stomach over one part of it (wraps around the band sorta) so that the band cannot slip. That is how mine is on.

    Best Wishes!!

  9. All religion is made up....that is historical fact.

    And its important for everyone to have something they believe in. So who cares who believes in who or what...as long as we are happy and we are good to one another .......who cares?? Everyone needs something to believe in ...we all need faith...that is all that matters.

    (and those that bash others for what they believe in....who died and left you in charge anyway?)

  10. When something gets stuck...don't panic....drink some hot Water (hot enough for tea) or hot tea....and it will slide right down! I had a cream of wheat incident...I now eat Gerber Rice with Bananas when I want Cereal. I had part of a meatball get stuck...which was crazy because it feel apart on the fork..so I thought ..okay no problem...yeah right. Also I found that there is a big difference between albacore tuna and chunk light. Chunk light is denser....and wicks liquid like a sponge and becomes even more dense.....even though its has way less fat---albacore is the better choice.

    I got my first fill yesterday....omg i felt the restriction as I was walking out of his office (he said I should have felt it as he was injecting the saline. I still feel it as I sit and type. lol and...lost 2 lbs since yesterday..crazy huh?

  11. Also have the eating well book ...and am told weight loss for dummies is indespensible.

    I borrowed a book from the library but it is so good I am thinking about buying it :

    Weight Loss Surgery: Is it right for you? Goldberg, Cowan, and Marcus

    It sounds like something you read before you consider the band, but it has great information for those of us who have already been banded!

  12. Vegas mentioned Isopure. Both she and my surgeon claimed that Isopure has 40 grams of Protein. But the ones I've picked up only have 20. Are there different kinds and strengths??

    Pre-made bottled Isopure does have 40 grams of Protein and comes in several flavors...I found orange to be the best. But your body can only absorb 20 grams at a time anyway (the rest gets peed out) so the 20 that you found will work too!

    The bottled is clear (colored but clear) you can use it in place of cold Water when making your jell-0 !!

    Best Wishes!

  13. Its going thru, and it sounds like you aren't chewing it properly...what did you eat that did that??? You may want to try eating slower too.

    I had cream of wheat get stuck...ugh. sipping hot Water dissolved it. So I took cream of wheat of the list. I also found out that tuna doesn't work for me either...too dense I think...dang, I love tuna too.

    I still find it hard not to drink when I eat...well not so much that as waiting an hour to drink....and eating an hour after you drink just doesn't make sense to me at all!

    Best Wishes!

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