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52 minutes ago, nurse4126 said:

Run! Just got rid of mine. Had the nasty puke band for 13 years. If you are a food addict as most of us are, you will soon figure out that refined carbs go down really well and good Protein ( meat, chicken) comes up and out really well. RNY with lap band removal June 11

Honest appraisal but I did lose about 45 lbs with band but my surgeon was not happy with my result. What nurse 4126 says is true.

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Banded in 2011... lost 70ish lbs. Lots of small issues, nothing major or caused by the band. But it just wasn't working as advertised. 2 of the largest manufacturers, no longer make them. Lots of surgeons, won't install them any longer. The band works for some, but it was by and large over hyped and under performed.

Now for the caution. Outside of all the other horror stories listed... Mine was a time bomb and I didn't even know it. So, no real issues, no slippage, no erosion, all imaging, scans, and scopes were good. Zero issues. Well, until they went to remove it when I was revised to Bypass.

My band was 100% completely encapsulated in scar tissue. It took my surgical team more than 3 times longer to remove than it should have and increased my surgery time from 2-3 hours... to 6+. I can't say I really "Hated" the band... but there are just far too many problems and complications that just keep coming up. I didn't want to go permanent either, nor did I want to have my guts rearranged. I can say however that I'm beyond glad I got the bypass done. Who knows what would have happened if I left the band in there. I feel so much better now, I really wish I had gotten the bypass when I originally got the band. But my fear of commitment ended up costing me 2 surgeries and years of "dealing" with band.

Personally, I would take the fact that revision rates continue to climb, that installation rates continue to drop and that 2 major manufactures, both pulled out of the business as a sign that... the band, might not be the best option, even if it is the one that doesn't require things to be "changed" inside.

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I had LapBand surgery when I was 18 years old. I only lost about 40 pounds. I had severe nausea with it the first 3 months. I had acid reflux with it. I had mine for 4 years before I HAD to have it removed. Early 2013 I found out my band slipped. I had having acid reflux so bad that month due to the slippage. I believe one thing to have ththe band to slip is when you have something stuck and then having to puke. Doing that a lot can cause it to slip. Will when I had revision surgery in 2013, I had to go back 2 days later for an emergency surgery due to an abscess in my stomach which caused me to lose my band. I think if that hadn't happened, I more than likely would have been at my goal weight. I'm at my highest weight ever. I'm 17 pounds heavier than when I started going for appointments to get the lapband surgery! The band is definitely a frustrating tool, I wouldn't get it again, but the thing I loved about it was that it is reversible. Although, I'm strongly thinking about something permanent and something that won't cause acid reflux and my surgeon told me that Gastric Bypass with be great for me. I'm so scared, but I'm going to make an appointment with my surgeon to go over it

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I am having surgery with Dr. Garber in New York City, he does single incision gastric sleeve surgery in the belly button that is “virtually scarless”. I am 31 and have a 32-33 BMI. He recommended I do the sleeve over lap band as he says they are falling out of favor due to complication risk. I don’t like the idea of a foreign device in my body. If I could have gotten a scarless gastric sleeve surgery when I was 21, I would have done it. It does not get any easier in your 30’s!!
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Welcomed . I understand why you are scared. I am having a RNY in a few months. When I started reading some of the post I was scared I was making the wrong choice about WLS. Then I went to my consultation armed with at least 60 questions. At least half of those were already marked off my list from what the doctor and Nut told me before it was my turn to talk.

No matter what surgery you are having it is a personal choice. All I can say is research it until you can recite everything by memory. That’s what I have been doing . Good luck and keep us updated on your progress .
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I’ve had the band for 10 years and I would not recommend it. From the beginning I had problems. Couldn’t eat chicken but slider foods like Cereal were unrestricted. This led to a very unhealthy diet. The restriction was variable throughout the day and day by day. One day couldn’t drink Water and had it unfilled., gained all the weight back. Also had acid reflux which my dr says was caused by the band. Now getting a gastric bypass., if you look at the studies the band has a higher complication than the sleeve or bypass. And I never had a slip or erosion like some have had.
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I hated my lapband ( placed in 4/2011) BUT I really believe it saved my life almost 4 yrs ago. I had my 1st slip 4 months post op due to losing 50lbs. I could feel my food funneling down, making a stop and sometimes even feeling the food getting stuck in my band, feels kinda like swallowing a rock or something. I kept insisting to my dr that there was something not right about but he kept assuring me that I was fine. That it was just that I was eating inappropriately.
I started to get really bad heartburn around 12/2013. For about 6 months I would have to go to the ER at least twice a months due to these heartburn episodes until finally I told the ER tech to give me an X-ray because I’d been throwing up for 4 days straight and I wanted to check on my band. I got discharged. I received a call at 3:30am from the ER asking me to come back ASAP cause there was a mass the size of a grapefruit in the middle of my chest. So after being admitted to the hospital and spending almost a week there I really didn’t catch on the oncologists and the students coming into my room. Not once did I think “ why are they here?” I checked myself out of the hospital because my mother-in-law was in her final moments ( stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer) and our youngest at the time was running a fever. I went down to get all my medical records and was fine for about two weeks which in the time frame my mother-in-law passed. I had another one of my severe heartburn episodes and decided to drive a bit further this time to another hospital where I was caught in mid air by a nurse due to my fainting from the pain. I woke up in a hallway of the ER where a dr asked me what I was feeling, I handed her my records, asked her for something for the pain, passed out and woke up admitted to the hospital. The next day I was once again surrounded by an oncology team that told me that they needed a biopsy of the mass because they considered that just by looking at it via X-ray it could potentially be a stage 4 mass. (Yay me!) 🤦🏽‍♀️ thank GOD I had my biopsy done the next day, had results three days later. Not stage 4 but stage 2 of a thymoma ( that are usually benign, but not mine) aka thymic carcinoma and due to its size I’d have to start chemo. And to make my longer story short-ish, I thank my annoying little device that I hated so much because if I wouldn’t have had that 1st slip and that 1st experience I would have never asked for that X-ray to check for another slip of my band.
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WowSiSSi829 what a tragic and also scary story. I hope better health is in the cards for you. You are correct your's is not a run-of-the-mill cancer and you do have reason to think your band buddy. Without its ornery actions your child would be without Grandma and Mommy. God Bless And Keep you. Please update with further chapters of your story.
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STAY AWAY FROM LAPBANDS!!
I had one for 10 years and had it removed 3 months ago. Its horrible and a medical mistake. Just had Sleeve surgery 30 days ago and all I can say is AMAZING ! Loving life again.
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