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Thank you, @Lady VS. So I had my band placed in December 2015 and I was gung-ho and super excited and followed the plan to the letter. Didn't have restriction so I went in for a fill. Repeated a few times until I went in my last time (probably a year before I conceived my twins) and I told the doctor I was still hungry and when I burped I cleared my pouch. The doctor gave me a little more Fluid to get restriction and when I drank Water it made a gurgling sound in my esophagus so it was too tight and he took out the fluid. He said I was at my max restriction and shouldn't tighten it anymore. It's very discouraging.

I haven't made up my mind 100% as I haven't seen a surgeon yet but after I had my twins I went back in and my current doctor suggested revision rather than refilling the band. Said for 50% of patients, the band does not work at all so he wasn't entirely surprised and it's falling out of favor.

I don't want to do a bypass, though, if I'm still able to burp and slide whatever I eat right through my pouch :( I know that sounds kind of stupid because it's an entirely different setup and the stomach is literally bypassed but that was my issue before. I so wish I could find someone else who experienced this because it seems like I'm abnormal!

It's like if you had a clogged drain, and then you pushed the clog aside for a second, the water would drain due to the air bubble in the clog. That's what burping did for me. I couldn't control it either, it's not like I swallowed air intentionally. But as soon as I burped the satisfied feeling left immediately. I gave up because of that.

Anyway, definitely want to talk to a surgeon about this. I want a second opinion and I want to know what would be different if I DID do a revision.

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Thank you, [mention=144804]Lady VS[/mention]. So I had my band placed in December 2015 and I was gung-ho and super excited and followed the plan to the letter. Didn't have restriction so I went in for a fill. Repeated a few times until I went in my last time (probably a year before I conceived my twins) and I told the doctor I was still hungry and when I burped I cleared my pouch. The doctor gave me a little more Fluid to get restriction and when I drank Water it made a gurgling sound in my esophagus so it was too tight and he took out the Fluid. He said I was at my max restriction and shouldn't tighten it anymore. It's very discouraging.
I haven't made up my mind 100% as I haven't seen a surgeon yet but after I had my twins I went back in and my current doctor suggested revision rather than refilling the band. Said for 50% of patients, the band does not work at all so he wasn't entirely surprised and it's falling out of favor.
I don't want to do a bypass, though, if I'm still able to burp and slide whatever I eat right through my pouch [emoji20] I know that sounds kind of stupid because it's an entirely different setup and the stomach is literally bypassed but that was my issue before. I so wish I could find someone else who experienced this because it seems like I'm abnormal!
It's like if you had a clogged drain, and then you pushed the clog aside for a second, the Water would drain due to the air bubble in the clog. That's what burping did for me. I couldn't control it either, it's not like I swallowed air intentionally. But as soon as I burped the satisfied feeling left immediately. I gave up because of that.
Anyway, definitely want to talk to a surgeon about this. I want a second opinion and I want to know what would be different if I DID do a revision.

Knowing what I know now about the band and have experienced major issues with it, I would say revision is necessary. I just recently revised to the sleeve in November. It's weird because it still feels as though my band is still there without the stuck feeling. I am very restricted and you would think I am half way to goal, but no. I've only lost 14 pounds since my surgery. I'm happy because I'm not gaining lol. Anyway, by all means, consult with your surgeon and do what you feel is best. Good luck!

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That stuck feeling is the worst! It's funny because I still feel restriction with it completely unfilled. It slows me down so at least I'm not GAINING weight. But I'm right where I was when I got it in the first place so it still feels pretty useless. Oh well, I don't plan on having surgery again for maybe another 8-10 months (we're planning to move in March and I want to get settled in a new home before pursing surgery with recovery and whatnot). I'm just trying to do more thorough research now, and find out what I should be doing (if anything) to prepare for surgery.

I appreciate your responses! Congrats on the weight loss :)

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I found out today that my lap band is completely blocked. My surgery was almost 3 years ago. I had been getting food stuck almost every time I ate anything and to get relief I would have to throw up! I should be like a bean pole, but surprised when doctor said I had gained 14 lbs. since they had seen me in Nov. of 2018😳. He removed all the saline from my band and made an appt. to come back in 3 weeks! Has anyone else had this situation? BTW I had lost about 50 lbs., but still would like to lose another 25 lbs. SPJ

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I had a total blockage about 5 years ago. They confirmed it with a barium swallow and even that couldn't go through. They pulled out all the saline while I was still in the fluoroscope and you shoulda seen the barium drop like a rock into my stomach! It looked like a Drano commercial!

The doctor said that sometimes a little bit of irritating, usually pointy hard food like a bit of a nacho chip can get wedged in the band stoma and the stomach swells around it in response. After waiting a while to let your stomach settle down you should be able to get a fill.

Good luck!

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