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I’m planning to have either the band or the sleeve and would love to hear back from people who had either of these and your thoughts? Did you have success? Did you have complications? How much weight loss and how long?

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4 hours ago, HMA said:

I’m planning to have either the band or the sleeve and would love to hear back from people who had either of these and your thoughts? Did you have success? Did you have complications? How much weight loss and how long?

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I guess it depends on how much you have to lose. I had a bank in 2009 and lost 33 kg (72 lbs). However by 2018 I had gained back nearly 40 kg. I went straight to bypass and couldn't be happier with my choice. The band was uncomfortable and unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, of the 4 other people I know who have had bariatric surgery there isn't one who has been successful with the band.

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My doctor is against the band. I have a friend who had it done years ago and was unsuccessful. I am doing the sleeve and have 3 friends over the last 5 years that have also been successful with the sleeve.

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Many of us are successful with banding
. Least invasive and returnable
I’m 12 years in and still living a wls life.
Lots of us left due to such negative and loud feedback from those who did not have luck ( for many reasons)
Some of us stick around....

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On 1/12/2019 at 12:01 AM, MMME said:

I guess it depends on how much you have to lose. I had a bank in 2009 and lost 33 kg (72 lbs). However by 2018 I had gained back nearly 40 kg. I went straight to bypass and couldn't be happier with my choice. The band was uncomfortable and unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, of the 4 other people I know who have had bariatric surgery there isn't one who has been successful with the band.

i'm a success.....

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HMA.... my opinion.... there are many other options than the Band or the Sleeve.

In 2009 i chose the band. A 14cc band.... SW 232, LW 130, best weight 143 Current weight 155. I had my band till March 23, 2017. Till that day i didn't have any trouble. I got the flu and threw up very violently and slipped my band. This was not the bands fault or mine.... it's just something that happened. I LOVED LOVED LOVED my band and would do anything to have her back. In the almost 2 years with out her i put on 15 lbs. which i think is not bad. And the reason....because I followed all the rules and learned to eat not only for today .... but for the rest of my life. I still, eat pretty much the same portions, never drink with a meal or after..... I just joined Crossfit and i am loving it.

As far as people saying the band is not successful..... well they are misinformed. I AM A SUCCESS....!!!!

and as far as people saying the sleeve is the end all be all.... well again, they are misinformed. The sleeve has just as many problems as any other WLS. It just so happens that the Sleeve is what the doctors are pushing right now..... who knows what it will be in 10 years when they are saying..... the sleeve didn't work the way we wanted it too. I have a number of friends that had the sleeve and GB..... and in about 3-5 years they all are back to the weight they started. But the one thing they don't have ...... 3/4 of there stomach to do any other surgery. The only other WLS that has another option except the band is GB.... you can do Band over GB.

This is the thing.... if you don't learn what's causing you to over eat, how to eat, what to eat, NO WLS is going to work. I've had two very close friends that had the band and converted to the sleeve... didn't lose a lb.... why, because they didn't get to the root of their issues....

So i say..... do more research..... go to more phy evals..... go to some support groups and listen.... make sure you have a great support system.... Then make your choice.

Peach shirt was 2018 Christmas party at mine and my fiance's home (almost 2 years). Swim suit and peach dress, this summer (almost a year and a half). other two was 2018 New years eve, after a year with out the band.

I was a success with the band and still a success without the band.

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