Lap Band to Sleeve revision journey (ongoing)!


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Hello Everyone,

In 2009 I underwent Lap Band surgery with a starting weight of 252lbs. I slowly lost over the course of 3 years weighing in at 149lbs (103lbs lost). I literally had never felt so good in my entire life! Around this time I started noticing that some things felt “off” with my band. However, my focus was then on my struggle with infertility so the band was put on the back burner. Fast forward 4 years later and 2 rounds of IVF I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy!

Now that my son is a year old I’ve been focusing on my health a bit more. During my struggle with infertility I gained around 50lbs back and am pretty upset about it! I actually just got a letter from my hospital about revision from the band to the sleeve. The letter stated that greater than 50% of their lap band patients were having complications and undergoing revision surgery.

My consultation is this Friday 9/15/17! I’ll be back to update you on how it goes!

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2008 - before Lap Band surgery. 252lbs

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2012 - pretty darn close to goal at 150lbs

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2017 - around 200lbs give or take 5lbs

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So I had my consult yesterday! I know most of the nurse practitioners in the office so it was really nice seeing them and catching up as it's been a few years since I've been there for my band. I weighed in at 202lbs (I wore the heaviest clothes I own) and that only puts my BMI at 33.66 so right now the concern is that I don't weigh enough. They are confident that insurance will pay to have the lap-band removed but not confident that they'll pay for sleeve revision. So.......when I see the surgeon on 10/3 I somehow need to be 11lbs heavier. I'm going to have to figure that one out. :unsure: If my BMI is 35 I need a comorbitity. The only one I used to have is sleep apnea. When I went through all these pre-op things with the band I had a sleep study and found out I had it. So, I'm going to be having an at home sleep study and hopefully I still have it. That feels so weird to hope I have it. Insurance is so twisted.

Anyway so next Friday 9/22 I have to go for a barium swallow and lab work. Then, on 10/3 I'm going to meet with the surgeon. I'm waiting for the sleep lab to call me but I am hoping I can get the sleep study done before I meet with the surgeon. If all goes well and the surgeon thinks I could be a candidate for sleeve I'll have to have an upper endoscopy too to check for erosion and scar tissue. It's possible that I may only be a candidate for bypass due to erosion so we will see. That isn't really what I want but I'll cross that bridge if I come to it.

There will be other with nurse practitioners and nutritionist if all goes well but for right now I need to have the barium swallow and meet with the surgeon and go from there! Oh, and I also had them remove some Fluid from my band and my heartburn has subsided. Hallelujah!

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My insurance gave me this website. From what I can tell if you look at page 4 coverage sounds pretty optimistic!

https://cignaforhcp.cigna.com/public/content/pdf/coveragePolicies/medical/mm_0051_coveragepositioncriteria_bariatric_surgery.pdf

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Wow. Since removing .6cc from my band last week to help my reflux I can eat almost ANYTHING. :(

It did get rid of my reflux but I want to be losing right now, not gaining. Hopefully a few pounds will help me out when it comes to my BMI and approval.

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I have a band. I got it around the same time as you. I have around the same weights as well I was 207 at weigh in with a BMI of 34.5. I was told most likely I'll get my surgery. I was also told for me the sleeve which I wanted might not be a good choice, he recommends bypass because of the amount of damage the band does and how he couldn't make the sleeve small enough.

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Well that .6cc removal of my band really gave me the ability to take in so much more. I'm up to 204. :huh: Oh well at least it'll make it that much easier to hit the 35 BMI. I called the hospital today regarding the at home sleep study and they said they are just waiting for approval from insurance and then they will scheduled. It feels so wrong that I'm like praying I still have sleep apnea.

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19 hours ago, ert08 said:

I have a band. I got it around the same time as you. I have around the same weights as well I was 207 at weigh in with a BMI of 34.5. I was told most likely I'll get my surgery. I was also told for me the sleeve which I wanted might not be a good choice, he recommends bypass because of the amount of damage the band does and how he couldn't make the sleeve small enough.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G928A using BariatricPal mobile app

Do you have a co morbidity? I had sleep apnea when I went through all of this for the lap band so I'm hoping I still have it so I can get approved.

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