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I have seen many videos of the revision and all do the band removal and sleeve in same surgery. Why is my doctor not doing this? Is he not good enough to do it? The scare tissue removal is just extra time and procedure and to check for hernia. Should I be getting a second opinion?

Last visit he never tried a fill or see if it leaked or fluoroscope, just said let's take it out.

I just hate to do all the fasting and being put under twice if not needed.

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I’d ask simply him why. Why he’s removing it & why he wants to do two separate surgeries.

Lap bands have dramatically decreased in popularity over the last years & not many surgeons do them any more. Failure, side effects, effectiveness, etc. seem to be the reasons. Some studies say the life span of a lap band is only 7-10 years so you’re at your band’s end of life now.

Not all surgeons do the removal & revision in one surgery. Maybe your surgeon is basing his decision on your current health status. Maybe he wants to give you a recovery period between the two surgeries to ensure you’re fully healed. May be he wants to give you time without a weight loss tool to see how you respond in regards to self monitoring your food intake, etc.

Just throwing some ideas out there.

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Band replaced in 2014 so yes 10yr mark and weight gain and no restriction what so ever at this point. Have 14cc band and supposedly I'm at 6cc. He is very cautious will fills. His bed side matter is great but where I live there are not a lot of experts. May go see my original surgery one hour away as he is now in a big group with lots of experts.

I have a suspicion that the tube got punctured at my last fill since it took forever to find the port with the needle.

He did mention scare tissue, healing, my history of slips etc. Maybe I'm over thinking it.

Thanks so much.

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OMG! So glad it takes 2 surgeries. Band removed @7am today took 90 minutes due to scare tissue etc.

Not much gas pain but port site is very sore.

Now wait 2 months and Sleeve.

Note: Liver strinking diet I lost 20lbs. 393 to 373.

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I was going to suggest it was maybe the amount of time he expected you to be under. They try to keep that minimal. It sounds like you are doing great. And you’re half way there!!. Great job on the pre op diet.

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He said after "You're a big fella" which translates to me he had a little trouble with scaring after 10 yrs and the port needed to be cut out which is the only pain I have. Huge scare on belly.

Came out of anesthesia better then ever, I believe not asking for pain meds helped with recovery. I did take them to rest at home after.

May start a new thread about pain level after sleeve as in do you feel the stable pain of just incisions.

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