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Looking for any guys who have had the Lapband and willing to connect to share their story?

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I had a lap-band put in about 14 years ago. I went from 320 to 250 in about a year. I never could get much saline put in the band because every time I did I would wake up drowning in my own saliva. I finally had all the saline taken out and still have some restriction and cant eat certain types of food. I have gained back to 300. I am going back to the same doctor on July 24th and getting a date for removal of lap-band and start process to have gastric sleeve surgery. If I can lose some weight it will be easier to exercise. I enjoy going to the gym but would like to lose weight. My wife says when I go to the gym i just get bigger. Anyways....good luck. I hope it works for you.

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I have 4 cc Lapband that was put in 13 years ago and have only 1 cc of Fluid in the band any more and I have acid reflux.

if your still looking for someone to communicate with I would be available

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On 6/15/2020 at 1:47 PM, Mercerj said:

Looking for any guys who have had the Lapband and willing to connect to share their story?

I had the lapband procedure done in 11/16/08. Prior to having the surgery, I spent months reviewing every doctor in my state. When I met with the doctorI had chosen based upon his credentials, he told me there were minimal risks and he himself had the band done over 10 years before with no problems. Almost immediately after the surgery, I started having problems. Within a few short months, I began passing out anytime I would stand up. My husband took me back to my doctor and he said there was no way it's the band and sent me home. A few months went by and I became sicker and sicker. I went months and couldn’t even keep down Water. During an office visit with the surgeon, I passed out in his office. He still insisted it wasn’t the band. I complained multiple times about having very bad pain on my right side for a few months. I was constantly told I must have the flu. He still proclaimed it wasn't the lapbands fault.

After a few months of me not getting better and having to crawl even to the bathroom in order to avoid passing out, my husband forced me to go to the ER. They admitted me with a blood pressure of 80/60. The ER doctor told my husband if he hadn't brought me in when he did I would’ve died with another 18-24 hours.

The went to do a scan on my right side and said I needed emergency gall bladder surgery. I was told this was very common in patients with lapbands. I repeatedly told the ER doc that the lap band doctor kept saying there wasn't anything wrong with the band. I spent 10 days in the hospital just to get well enough for them to even do the gallbladder surgery. After the surgery, I started to get a little better for about a week or so.

I started passing out again and still couldn’t hold down even water. My husband convinced me to go see another lap band doctor since I was still having really bad stomach pains. The new doctor admitted me to his hospital to do an endoscopy. I was told the lapband had eroded so severely into my stomach that he was not comfortable removing the band himself. He gave me a picture of the band visible from the inside of my stomach. We were told this was extremely rare for someone who only had it less than two years for it to be this severely eroded to the point it was visible inside my stomach

I feel my original doctor consistently defended the lapband to the point that he almost killed me. I now have a hole in my stomach and a separate hernia that was caused by him not wanting to admit the band was causing me so many health problems. I suffered during those 20 months so badly that I missed almost a full year of work. I think people should know this thing is not the way to go for weight loss surgery. It can kill you. I want everyone to know how bad these things are.

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