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Considering a lap band - scared after reading this forum!

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1 hour ago, Viviparker said:

Well what do the initials RNY stand for? I don’t know this procedure. Thanks.

Roux-en-Y aka Gastric Bypass

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Many thanks Matt z

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If you're *just* over into the obese range and hesitant about Lapband, have you considered trying a medical weight management program first before surgery? They will prescribe you rx diet drugs and have you on Optifast for several weeks, which may be enough for you to get into the normal range. That would be my first go-to if my BMI was around 30.

My friend had Lapband 6 or 7 years ago and is still going strong, for what it's worth. No weight gain, no problems. She does have to go and get it filled some or unfilled on rare occasion, which seems like a huge pain.

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When I first had my lap and a fill cost about $225 which was OK. After a year the surgeon would only do the fill using X-ray. The total cost then went to $700! I had no choice but to pay up. On top of this were train and taxi fares to London which is a long way from where I live. In conclusion losing 56 lbs cost me a total of about $25K. Bear this in mind. Also it cost another $7K to have the band removed.

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On 2/9/2018 at 11:49 AM, Tashaplus3 said:

I disagree. I am 5 years out this month. I love my band. It keeps me in check. Most people that don’t like the band is because they don’t follow the rules. Of course there are medical issues that occur and it needs to be removed. I started at 225 and now I am down to 167. I am now a size 8-10. Kept it off for 5 years. I work out a lot and when I eat foods that I shouldn’t or too much food I pay the price. It reminds me NOT to do it again. It’s not a magic pill. It’s just a tool but you have to be nice to it.

  • At 5 years I would have said the same thing. I was still slim, feeling great and would get annoyed with all the negativity about the band. But now after 9 years I understand. At some point something happens ( not really definable) and that tool stops working. It's like having a chainsaw with no motor. You don't want to throw it away because it cost a heap and it worked well in the past, so you keep using it and you get frustrated that no matter what you do you can't cut through that tree. You blame yourself, think that it is something that you are doing wrong but in reality that tool needs to be thrown away and replaced because it is never going to give you the result you want again.

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On 6/26/2018 at 2:11 AM, 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

So true.

Steak and chops are a nightmare. chicken is fine some days but not others. Burgers and sausages are a little better.

bread doesn't go down well but thats no great loss but cake is easy, as is chocolate, biscuits, nut bars etc.

On the positive side I can know eat things like raw carrots, celery and corn which I couldnt for a long time.

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The FIRST thing my surgeon asked me when I sat down for the initial visit was, "You don't want lap band, do you?" and I said no. He replied "Good." There's a reason it's falling out of favor, and there's no way in heck I would get it.

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I had my lapband 10 years ago. It has worked well overall. There were times that I would eat too much and throw up but it was occasional. Now I have been having some problems. A recent endoscopy revealed intestinal metaplasia. The doctor suggested removing the band and I answered why would I want to do that? That was before the biopsy came back. He did not tell me anything more.

My surgeon is in a different state. Has anyone had this problem? I’m wondering if I just have the Fluid removed, is it possible that my situation would repair itself? It is obviously pre cancer but I don’t want to wait for full blown cancer.

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Don’t do it! I’ll regret it fir the rest of my life. Increased my Migraines, constant pain and ER visits!

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I had mine done 10+ years because my insurance only covered band or bypass. I was scared to do bypass as it felt too drastic and permanent for me. It worked in the first months then I learned how to “bypass” it and started eating again as before. If I was not too careful though I would puke and had problem with dry food getting through.
Two months ago I had it removed and last week I had a sleeve operation as I had all the weight put back on. Surgeon who removed my lap and told me it was starting to incorporate inside my stomach, this is why he gave me two months of healing time before doing any further surgery after removing it.
I am really happy for all the people it works for it was just not the correct solution for me !
Fingers crossed now :)

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