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  1. Happy 47th Birthday mila1013!

  2. 1 years has passed since you registered at SleevePlicationTalk! Happy 1st Anniversary mila1013!

  3. 1 years has passed since you registered at LapBandTalk! Happy 1st Anniversary mila1013!

  4. 1 years has passed since you registered at VerticalSleeveTalk! Happy 1st Anniversary mila1013!

  5. mila1013

    staples during sleeve surgery?

    mri and security via airport detect ferrous metal, the permanent staples used in the sleeve are titanium and would not set them off. (the port band is also titanium).....
  6. Becca, It sounds like you are in a bad place. Remember to stay strong in what you desire, cause no one walks in your shoes. I had the band for 8 years, it had to be removed due to late term complications. I am currently attempting to find someone who will take me as a revision patient as some of my complications are permanent and severe directly from the band. I am not sure of your issues as you didnt post them. You did say that you can't live with the pain of your band anymore....you should not have to suffer like that, whatever that is. I really had no choice the band had to be removed or more potential permanent damage would occur. No surgery is best for all, there are many things to take into consideration. There is a place for the band, sleeve, rny and ds, just not for everyone. get educated on all surgery types before you pick the next kind you want, make sure it is for you. Dont go to a dr that only does one or 2 of those as you will be swayed in that direction. Again I am waiting to be sleeved that is the revision from band I have picked, it is a personal choice and one that is best for me at this point in my life. Do you research ask questions and ask again, try to do the best you can for yourself. keep asking questions till you are comfortable.... Mila
  7. mila1013

    Back in the 80's

    congrats, you will be at goal in no time......
  8. mila1013

    8 hours from my sleeve!

    congrats!!! sounds like you pulled through with flying colors!!! you will continue to feel better everyday and within a short amount of time this will seem very far in the past.... Mila
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    endoscope is easy, they knock you out so you won't remember anything. real easy, you may be tired that day that is about it.... Mila
  10. mila1013

    Finally Happening!!

    hi congrats on your surgery, (missed the post yesterday) please let us know how you are doing? who was your surgeon? and how long were you in the hospital? rest up and you are on the road to better health. Mila
  11. it is ok to have the feeling you have now, it is normal. you have been through a lot, you are in an emotional tornado, it will get better. you are not stupid you chose to take charge of your life, and do what you know is best to get healthy. we will never have all the answers, to what ifs, don't waste your time on what ifs, we know what we know now, you made the best decision on what you know now, you cant live your life by the fear of what can happen 5 years from now. just know now you did what is best, those feeling will get better, everyday it will get better, one step forward maybe 2 back, then 2 forward and 1 back. there will be a point that you will make a turning point.... you will get better and feel better....healing takes time and i don't mean physical....best wishes for a speedy recovery....physical and emotional... Mila
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    Pre-op requirements

    this is really up to the surgeon and your specific policy, so no two people will have the same answer...
  13. mila1013

    Newbie with a question

    i am sure that if you "have no restriction" and you have horrible reflux you have megaesophogus and potentially dysmotility. what did the barium swallow state about your anatomy? was your surgeon present at the swallow? you should have your band completley deflated immediately as to not cause more esopohogeal complications. it is obvious that your band is too tight and your esophagus will pay the price. depending on what is going on in your anatomy -you will need a barium swallow and endosocope to prove this, for the insurance co. band removal is considered a "medical emergency" and pre approval is not necessary. now converting to a sleeve that is a different story that is a pre cert requirement. depending on your insurance policy they will deny the sleeve as investigational, appeal it always....good luck Mila
  14. mila1013

    band removed but no sleeve BUMMER

    i know it stinks and as a band to sleeve it is always a potential for removal and no sleeve. your surgeon is only doing what is best for you, a band to sleeve revision is a 5-10X higher leak rate and esophogeal leaks are very difficult to treat....take you time and heal in the meantime, the adhesions will "soften" somewhat over time, making the subsequent surgery better......it is for your safety. Mila
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    Band to Sleeve question

    this is a very difficult decision. i loved my band and would have kept the band if it was an option for me (severe complications) you really need to do your research, search pubmed for complications to both surgeries, take your complications and how long you had your band into consideration. keep researching and don't do anything till you have decided....good luck Mila