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Hello everyone I’m new here. I’m going for Lap-Band surgery on Saturday and I am having second thoughts. Everything I read is either people hate it or love it. I don’t know if it’s just everyone is different and you have to see how your body responds to it, or are the people who are having problems not following the rules fully. I originally wanted the band because I felt that it was a safer surgery and reversible but doing research people don’t seem happy. Thank you and any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

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I've had my lapband 2 yrs and 4 mths and I wouldn't change it. Now I have lost weight slowly....it is definitely not a quick fix. I've been super careful on my fills...only doing small fills but I am satisfied with the results. Of course we all want to loose it overnight! It has been a hard journey but I wouldn't change it!

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Thank you, I’m definitely not in a rush just nervous to get started. It seems like almost everyone has some kind of complication.

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I haven't had any complication so far!

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You have to do what you think is right for you based on your research. Coming on here is a good place to get information. I had my lapband for 10 years and got it removed in January and wish I would have gotten it out 9 years ago. There is a reason some insurance companies won't pay to have them put in anymore and Allegan who was the biggest maker of them stopped doing so. The lapband requires a lot of post-op follow-up and your bariatric surgeon needs to know a lot about fills and realistic expectations of weight loss. Plus it is inevitable that you will experience a "stuck" episode which is very painful. I am not trying to scare you but am being honest and you asked for words of wisdom. My advice (wisdom) would be not to get it and instead get the sleeve (I didn't do a revision - just got it out). If you read the posts by those who switched from a band to the sleeve they say "this is what I thought the band would do (and didn't)". There are many who are happy with their band, though. But in the end it is your decision and I hope you are discussing your hesitations with your surgeon.

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I'm still madly in love with my band....

How did you do? What did you decide?

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