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I'm in my early 30's and my husband and I are having some trouble conceiving. We have been told that we need to do IVF which is what is prompting me to do weight loss surgery. Apparently IVF does not work as well when you are overweight. Since I don't have time to waste I have to get this weight problem under control pronto. My surgeon told me I can wait 6 months but that seems a little bit quick ( I was thinking maybe 1-2 years for optimal healing). Also, will I be able to get enough nutrients to sustain both myself and baby???? I need some opinions and some facts from those who are seasoned sleevers....it will affect whether I am banded or sleeved!

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Scroll down a bit and you will find a forum called, "Pregnancy with VSG". I bet you will find a lot of support there! Best of luck to you!

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Hi italianlady13,

I am not a seasoned sleever yet but I am a seasoned bander, LOL. I am having a revision from a band to sleeve on 06/23/11. The more I am reading it seems as though I am one of the MANY people having a revision from band to sleeve. I know there have been many people who have been successful with the band but from my experience I do regret it. I did initially lose 60 lbs. with the band but that was only because I could not keep any food down and I pretty much lived off of Soup. When they would loosen the band then there was no restriction at all. I guess they never really found that happy in-between. I have been having the band since 2006 and in 2010 I got pregnant. My doctor loosened the band just a little but I gained a whopping 80lbs for ny pregnancy. My baby is now 7 months old and of the 80 lbs I gained for the pregnancy I have been able to lose 20lbs. This puts me right back where I was before I got Lap Band. I went to have an upper GI X-Ray done 2 weeks ago and find out that my band has partially slipped and it can slip completely at any time which if that were to happen it would be an emergency surgery. So now I am scheduled to have this band out and a revision to the sleeve. I always thought that somewhere maybe 25-30 years down the road the band would have to come out, I just never thought that it would be 5 years later. I will be more than happy to have this band out and to hopefully be able to eat a small amount of food and be full without throwing up every single meal. Anyhow, I am sure that you will choose the best choice for you and again everyone is different. I just wanted to share my story with you. Best of luck to you!

I'm in my early 30's and my husband and I are having some trouble conceiving. We have been told that we need to do IVF which is what is prompting me to do weight loss surgery. Apparently IVF does not work as well when you are overweight. Since I don't have time to waste I have to get this weight problem under control pronto. My surgeon told me I can wait 6 months but that seems a little bit quick ( I was thinking maybe 1-2 years for optimal healing). Also, will I be able to get enough nutrients to sustain both myself and baby???? I need some opinions and some facts from those who are seasoned sleevers....it will affect whether I am banded or sleeved!

Thanks a bundle

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Thanks so much for responding. I think that I'm pretty much 98 percent sure that it will be the sleeve for me. I did find the pregnancy forum and I"m so grateful to have found it. I think that I won't bother to waste my time using the band, it seems there are so many banders who are now converting to the sleeve because their quality of life is improved with the sleeve rather than the band.

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