Weight Loss afger Lap Band Removal?


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Well after 7 years, I got my band removed. At first everything was fine! Lost over 80 lbs, got myself to the gym regularly. As soon as the band was "overfilled" that was the beginning of the end. For about 5 years, I was getting it filled, then unfilled. I could barely keep any food down. Eventually I had enough Fluid removed so that I could finally eat, and then the weight started to creep back up. I got the band removed and am relieved. But.....

Is it naive of me to think I can NOW lose weight, now that the band has been removed? I'm in the process of getting approved for a revision to the sleeve, but a part of me doesn't want ANY type of weight loss surgery. Can weight loss be achieved, now that there's no restriction? Has it been done? I keep going back & forth with this.

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34 minutes ago, mimi211 said:

Well after 7 years, I got my band removed. At first everything was fine! Lost over 80 lbs, got myself to the gym regularly. As soon as the band was "overfilled" that was the beginning of the end. For about 5 years, I was getting it filled, then unfilled. I could barely keep any food down. Eventually I had enough Fluid removed so that I could finally eat, and then the weight started to creep back up. I got the band removed and am relieved. But.....

Is it naive of me to think I can NOW lose weight, now that the band has been removed? I'm in the process of getting approved for a revision to the sleeve, but a part of me doesn't want ANY type of weight loss surgery. Can weight loss be achieved, now that there's no restriction? Has it been done? I keep going back & forth with this.

I had my band removed last month having been banded 10 years losing 120 lbs and I feel the same as you I research the sleeve then think I can do this then I'm back to sleeve right now I'm looking at weight watchers as i need to wait 3 months after band removal before sleeve and ill see how i do if i need a tool i will get the sleeve:) but i am scared to death

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JTHMom I didn't gain anything since I had the band removed, and am waiting for my knee to heal (from another procedure) once I get the OK from my doctor, I'm gonna hit the gym and see if I can get results. If I do, no surgery. If not, I'll go ahead wth the sleeve. But I'm scared to death too! Going through what I did with the band, and then having a different procedure that cannot be reversed is kind of freaking me out!

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I know exactly how you feel we have come to far to go backwards

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I'm in the same boat. After 13 years I am getting the band removed. I was always afraid that if I got it out I would gain so much weight. Right now I am unsure if I will proceed to the sleeve. In my area the docs want you to wait about 3 months between band removal and the sleeve surgery. I have told myself that I will go to the gym once the band is removed but will I really? Next week I am having all kinds of pre-admission cardiac testing. I wonder if it is healthier to stay fat (if my cardiac tests come back ok) or to get the band.

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On 17/08/2017 at 11:26 PM, JTHmom said:

I had my band removed last month having been banded 10 years losing 120 lbs and I feel the same as you I research the sleeve then think I can do this then I'm back to sleeve right now I'm looking at weight watchers as i need to wait 3 months after band removal before sleeve and ill see how i do if i need a tool i will get the sleeve:) but i am scared to death

Hi All

I'm new on here and looking for some advice really, I had my band 8 years ago and it hasn't worked for me, I lost more weight on the pre op diet than the actual band and food constantly getting stuck has become an issue so investigations showed my band has a kink in it so having it removed next week and was just wondering if you guys were put on the pre op diet again to have your removals? I've spoken to several people who said they didn't and some that aid they had? TIA

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I just had my band removed two weeks ago and I wasn’t on any pre op diet. My post op diet is trying really hard to not eat any more per meal then I did with the band. I fill up but I get hungry faster

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Thanks for your reply, I thought it a bit weird as I can't find any info at all about pre op diet for band removal, I didn't lose any weight with mine I've done it through slimming world but finding diet very restrictive as I have to have sauce with things or food gets stuck and I can't eat certain foods I feel with help with my weight loss

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So, is your insurance covering this? I was told mine won’t. I had great results and was down to around 120 lbs. Then I had an injury and had to take NSAIDS. My stomach got irritated, the band got tight, and I got dehydrated. They removed all of the Fluid and It has been a struggle ever since. I gained 55 lbs! When I had no restriction it felt like I was an empty pit and I was always so hungry. I have been fairly stable lately but not in the sweet spot. I decided to just leave it alone.

Now I have some sinus drainage and I can only do liquids! I have not had this issue in the 9 years that I have had the band! I am so fed up!

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I would say YES you can. I still have my band, but it's been empty for 2 years. I am trying to get my band removed, getting a huge run around in manitoba. They keep trying to talk me out of it.

I had it emptied of all fluids almost 2 years ago due to massive complications. Since then I joined a great gym and have turned my health around. I am healthy fit and slim and it has nothing to do with the band.

I want the band gone. Since I am now slim with a strong core the port is super obvious and can easily be seen. It looks like a golf ball sized Tumor.

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