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I know next to nothing about bands (hoping to have mine done in mid June) but knowing a bit about the NHS, do see your GP and get a referral to a specialist. If things sort themselves out in the meantime, you can always cancel.

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I know next to nothing about bands (hoping to have mine done in mid June) but knowing a bit about the NHS, do see your GP and get a referral to a specialist. If things sort themselves out in the meantime, you can always cancel.

Thanks. I have made an appointment for Thursday with my GP. Good luck on getting yours in June. Any questions you have I can hopefully help.


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I have just joined this forum. I was banded 03/14. I have learnt to live with my “friend” over the last 4 years. I have lost weight but nothing like I thought I would. However I am so much healthier and subsequently happier. I have officially reversed my diabetes and having seen the damage this terrible disease has done to my loved ones I am so grateful to have had the tool to help me change things! It takes some getting used to and I miss eating salads more than anything and bananas but small price to pay.

4 years of stress free but now I am a bit worried.

I live in Scotland and just back from Sri Lanka, whilst there vomited quite badly and wasn’t able to keep much down. Not food poisoning just made a bad choice for lunch and ate too quickly. Now if I am sick I give in and just take soft foods for the rest of the day and usually back to normal the next day but this hasn’t happened. Home now but still unwell. I have picked up a flu type virus over there and can only take liquids. Pain (not severe) on my left side just under my ribs. Things feel different since my vomiting episode and hoping it’s just because things have swollen with the vomiting and the virus which has made me cough. The gurgling is there but I can’t feel stuff passing through as I was.

I had the band on the NHS and I haven’t seen anyone for over 2 years. I don’t think my GP would even know where to start. I would hate to lose my “friend “ were this to be a slip and I would hate to rush into something if it was only because I have been unwell. Not sure where to turn or do I just ride it out until this virus gets better.

Ps, Soup is getting through. I have never suffered from reflux and definitely not getting it now.

Any advice anyone? Please?


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For me. Liquids , Protein drinks and yogurt till it is better.
Hope you have relief.... you can call and usually talk to staff at your Drs... they schedule an appt for you usually... but maybe ask questions.
Best of luck


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Well, I decided to make a doctor appointment since I had not seen my band doctor since 2015. I ended up getting a small fill and got some advice for dropping these last 30 pounds. This won’t be easy, but I am back on my 800 cal a day plan for now. It’s been a long time since I ate so little.


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It’s not forever remember. Hopefully you don’t have any hunger pangs with your fill. Fingers crossed for you.


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Oh I’m hungry. But not too bad. I’m motivated!


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On ‎4‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 11:09 PM, Songbird1230 said:

For those of you who were succesful, at which point did you feel full restriction? I just hit 7 and I'm FINALLY feeling something. Any tips?

I think most of us had differing experiences. For me, I just started feeling satiated longer. Looking back I probably had too much saline in my band most of the time. Getting stuck and regurgitating food seemed like the norm and now I know it shouldn't be.

I've had most of my saline removed but got a fill a couple months ago. I think some of the lessons of eating slower with smaller bites has paid off for me. I'm on a Keto diet now and the combination of Keto and a band partially filled seems to be working for me.

Just stay away from processed foods, starches and sugars.

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On ‎4‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 4:12 AM, thistlequeen1964 said:

I have just joined this forum. I was banded 03/14. I have learnt to live with my “friend” over the last 4 years. I have lost weight but nothing like I thought I would. However I am so much healthier and subsequently happier. I have officially reversed my diabetes and having seen the damage this terrible disease has done to my loved ones I am so grateful to have had the tool to help me change things! It takes some getting used to and I miss eating salads more than anything and bananas but small price to pay.

4 years of stress free but now I am a bit worried.

I live in Scotland and just back from Sri Lanka, whilst there vomited quite badly and wasn’t able to keep much down. Not food poisoning just made a bad choice for lunch and ate too quickly. Now if I am sick I give in and just take soft foods for the rest of the day and usually back to normal the next day but this hasn’t happened. Home now but still unwell. I have picked up a flu type virus over there and can only take liquids. Pain (not severe) on my left side just under my ribs. Things feel different since my vomiting episode and hoping it’s just because things have swollen with the vomiting and the virus which has made me cough. The gurgling is there but I can’t feel stuff passing through as I was.

I had the band on the NHS and I haven’t seen anyone for over 2 years. I don’t think my GP would even know where to start. I would hate to lose my “friend “ were this to be a slip and I would hate to rush into something if it was only because I have been unwell. Not sure where to turn or do I just ride it out until this virus gets better.

Ps, Soup is getting through. I have never suffered from reflux and definitely not getting it now.

Any advice anyone? Please?


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A year ago I was feeling some pains right where my band was. We were going to Scotland for 17 days and my wife wouldn't go unless I saw my doc. My PA suggested I visit a cardiologist. I did. After a stress test they concluded that I may have angina caused by a blocked artery.

So, in for a angioplasty I went. They ended up stenting my circumflex artery a week before going to Scotland. Made all the difference in the world. Good think I did it since my 12 years younger wife walked by butt off. What a great country you have. And what a culture although I think your ancestors could have killed a few less people.LOL

Don't hesitate, check it out. If I hadn't, I might not be here to write a response to your comments.

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You made me smile reading your post. Thank you for your nice comments re Scotland, I too think it’s a lovely country it’s just a bit cold at times. It’s a gorgeous morning here today and the view of the hills is just lovely. Still got some icing sugar snow on the tops. Good news you got yourself sorted quickly and glad to hear your wife got you out and about. I too am a younger wife and my husbands always moaning I wear him out with my energy but he loves it really. I saw dr and he said that it’s more than likely inflamed with me having a viral infection. To ride it out and see how it goes. Seeing dr again (another one) on Monday as still can’t tolerate solids. Sipping Water and Soup to try and keep the fluids up. Pain isn’t there now though. Once I have a prognosis I will post it on here as I initially trawled the internet as I was quite worried. Happy Saturday.


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For those of you who were succesful, at which point did you feel full restriction? I just hit 7 and I'm FINALLY feeling something. Any tips?


I have not been as successful as I once hoped with the weight loss. I am not as thin as I was in my 20’s and still overweight but happy with how things are going. Much healthier. Good luck.

I would agree with previous comment. It’s small bites and slowly chewing. I time myself and don’t eat for more than 20 minutes with at least 20 chews for each mouthful. I don’t count the chews just make sure it is all well ground down before swallowing. The hardest thing for me was not drinking before, during or just after a meal. I love a glass (or 2) of wine with my dinner and when I am out socialising I still have them but you can tell the difference as the wine and Water washes the food through the band.




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I have been banded for 12 years and I believe it is the safer alternative than any other surgery. I did not want my body rerouted or changed from what was normal. I know of a person who had the sleeve and was told that even with that surgery, over the years your stomach can stretch again. It all comes down to self-control and learning new eating habits.

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I have been banded for 10 years and I believe it is the safer alternative than any other surgery. I did not want my body rerouted or changed from what was normal. I know of a person who had the sleeve and was told that even with that surgery, over the years your stomach can stretch again. It all comes down to self-control and learning new eating habits.

I am thrilled to see that there are people being banded like me and are starting this new adventure. I was worried that everybody is jumping on the new bandwagon of doing outrageous things to their body to lose weight instead of just trying a non-invasive way like the band.

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6 hours ago, sparkplug said:

I have been banded for 10 years and I believe it is the safer alternative than any other surgery. I did not want my body rerouted or changed from what was normal. I know of a person who had the sleeve and was told that even with that surgery, over the years your stomach can stretch again. It all comes down to self-control and learning new eating habits.

I am thrilled to see that there are people being banded like me and are starting this new adventure. I was worried that everybody is jumping on the new bandwagon of doing outrageous things to their body to lose weight instead of just trying a non-invasive way like the band.

I know exactly what you mean. If the doctors would have told me I had to have a bypass or take any part of my stomach out I would have not had surgery. It was lapband or nothing for me. I think I would have been more successful early on if I'd been aware of this new Keto Low/Carb way of eating. I think the combo would work well for me.

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I know exactly what you mean. If the doctors would have told me I had to have a bypass or take any part of my stomach out I would have not had surgery. It was lapband or nothing for me. I think I would have been more successful early on if I'd been aware of this new Keto Low/Carb way of eating. I think the combo would work well for me.

Think I am going to have a look at this KETO diet.


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