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Lap Band Sufferers

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I had my lap band removed in late October because of horrible issues that I had been having continuously since my surgery back in late January 2007. Unfortunately I have gained some weight back but the most important thing is that I'm healthy...fluffy, but healthy. I'm working on losing the extra pounds but wanted to encourage those that are suffering from issues with their band to strongly consider having it removed.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at

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REDSHOES2011 4/14/2011 2:10PM

    emoticonYou can do this..

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Emergency Lap Band Removal

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

About 3 weeks ago I created a blog concerning the problems I was having with my lap band. Well, things turned for the worst and I wanted to let you know of my experience.

Starting on 9/17 I started stressing out over a new job and started throwing up every day. After 2 weeks of that I went back in to see my doctor only to be seen by his physician's assistant. She saw on the scan that I couldn't swallow the barium and she told me that I was "swollen" from throwing up and that I should have warm liquids for 24 hours and then have protein shakes after that. Then things will get back to normal! WRONG!

Her suggestion didn't work for me and I continued throwing up every day. On Saturday 10/16 I threw up everything, nothing would go down, even water. On Sunday night 10/17 I called my doctor's answering service and told them that I was dehydrated and that I'm taking myself to emergency for IV fluids and can the doctor call me. I waited and waited to hear back only to get a call from his nurse (he didn't even have the compassion or care to call me himself). She said that the doctor agreed that I should go to emergency but suggested I go to where my doctor has privileges so he can remove the band. I told her that I'm not traveling all the way to their hospital when there's a great one 10 minutes from my home.

I received the IV fluids I needed in the ER and met caring and compassionate people that actually cared about my health and well-being. The on-call doctor spoke with their bariatric surgeon and he agreed that the band should come out IMMEDIATELY and offered to perform the surgery. I said yes and I had the surgery last Wednesday 10/20. Still, to this day, my original doctor has not called me to check up on me. Also, my new doctor removes more bands than he puts in.

I couldn't be happier that I no longer have the band but now I have to be very careful about keeping the weight I lost off. The loss needs to be a reminder of the almost 4 years of hell I went through with the band.

If you know anyone that's thinking about having lap band surgery and need a different perspective please have them contact me.

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CMSHAWNI1 5/14/2011 9:53PM

  Wow, sorry you guys had to go thru that. I had the lapband done the last week of August 2010 and have lost weight, but getting the right adjustment has been a challenge. It was to loose then to tight, now I think it is ok. I had a spout when I threw up everything I was eating and drinking, so I know your pain, for me though it only lasted 3 days then I was better. The dr said he thinks something was stuck in the band, like the asapragus I had eaten or soemthing. When I called the on call phone on the third day, it was my dr that called me back, almost instantly and he recommended I go to the ER also but only if I couldn't keep ice chips down. I was able to finally do that so I didn't go to the ER, then I was fine. I have since had no problems though. Thanks goodness for that. I am terrified at the thought of another surgery, so I hope I will never have to. Do you know what caused your band to do that? My dr said they stick the band in place, was yours? Some aren't.

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REALLYMEJILL 1/14/2011 3:07PM

  how are you doing to this point? has the bariatric Dr that put in the band give you any more explanation? Did you have to deal with any insurance ordeals? I had to have mine removed after over 8 months of issues. I believe there were issues from the beginning. I would love to email you directly to compare some notes. I am seriously considering legal action.

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Lap band NOT the way to loose weight

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I wanted to share my lap band experience with those that are thinking about having the procedure. PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH! I had the surgery done 3.5 years ago and after all that time I've only lost 50 pounds. Unfortunately I can't say that I've exercised and eaten the things that I should but my circumstances are a little different.

The first 5 months after surgery everything was fine. I was losing weight, feeling great, buying new clothes, IT WAS AWESOME! Then my whole world changed. I started vomiting and spitting up at least 2 days a week and to top it off, I found out my doctor discontinued my insurance company! Not only could I not afford to go to see my doctor but I never knew what I could or couldn't eat and I ended up wasting food and money

After 8 months of torture I finally broke down and went to see my doctor anyway and found out that he's reinstating my insurance company but he really couldn't give me any real answers to the issues I was having. He recommended an "unfill" (taking water from my band) because I was so tight it was making food and liquids hard to pass through my band. I did that, but it didn't work!

I haven't been able to find any good support groups on people having issues with the band and my doctor's office is giving me NO support. He's only there 1 day a week so I can't even call him with questions.

After 2.5 weeks of throwing up EVERYDAY I decided to go back in. There the PA told me that after seeing the barium not pass through my band that I was swollen. She then informed me that when you throw up you're swollen and it takes about 24 hours for the swelling to go down. During this time I should have warm fluids and then the next day have only protein shakes. Funny, after all the problems I've had I've NEVER been informed about the swelling issue.

Currently I'm trying to find another doctor to take my case that will actually care about my well-being but for those considering the surgery, please do your research. Fortunately it's a procedure that can be reversed but just remember that the band is with you for life!!!!!!!!

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TCOOK10456 12/15/2012 11:33AM

    hi I had my lap band in 2006. I lost about 45 pounds after that but always had difficulties with finding the space were food what goes through easily. I've had several obstructions and had upper GI barium swallow that indicated the band may have slipped upward. my doctor we disagreed with the results of the study and said I just needed to have left saline in the bands so he would put some in take some out there were times when I couldn't even have liquid go through.. Others I'm not I'm I couldn't even tell after 4 p.m. then I'd have to say laying down on my left side make sure my brothers off and then food will go through you know. Then finally I just got fed up my doctor said he hadn't done anything wrong that the technicians didn't know how to read the scans. I gave up and had all the saline removed. Even with the band opened I still get restrictions, vomit on at least a weekly basis.
Last November I decided I was going to start exercising, began the Couch to 5k program , then came Spark people and began tracking my food and workouts. To date I've lost 45 lbs and still working at it. I wouldn't recommend the lapband either, it has been a real disappointment.

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KRISTI2661 5/5/2011 4:51PM

    I've had a lap band since August of 2006. I got it in Mexico.

At first it was great and I lost weight. I followed the rules religiously, which, of course, is how I lost the weight. I ate VERY little, but did not eat healthy food, just the same junk I always ate, just less of it. I liked how I looked, but I felt like crap. I kept thinking that if I just lost more weight (I lost about 50 pounds) that I would feel better.

Then I went through some emotional challenges and all I wanted to do was eat (and drink - beer, wine, etc.) I learned how to eat around the band and started gaining weight. Sometimes I would get food stuck and make myself throw up to feel better. Then I found myself eating everything and throwing up quite easily. And gaining weight like crazy. I kept thinking I'd get back on track with the band, but of course, it never happened.

Then for two weeks, I would throw up even if I tried to drink water. I would be asleep (I had to sleep sitting up, it was so bad) and wake up throwing up! I "knew" this was because of swelling, and I tried to cure it myself - to no avail. I finally called my "fill person" and had everything removed from the band. And went on an eating frenzy.

For the next five months I sat on the couch and ate and drank myself into depressed oblivion. One day, and I don't really know why, I just got sick of it. I joined SP that day and haven't looked back since. SP is the answer I've always needed - NOT the band.

I'm doing great and have the best attitude about my life I've EVER had. I've lost 45 pounds. People ask me how I'm doing it and I say "I eat right and exercise - who would have ever thought something like that would work!"

Anyhow, that's my story. I'm not trying to say someone should or shouldn't get a lap band. It just wasn't right for me. There are so many people here on SP who have made tremendous changes without a lap band and I applaud them. I also applaud those that have made the band a positive and it works for them.

We all need to find our own path - I've found mine!


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CRIT524 1/29/2011 5:06PM

    It sounds like your Doctor is the real problem. I am going to get the LapBand and my insurance recommends '5 star doctors'..I am going to Brigham and Womens in Boston. The have tons of support groups and many requirements like a psych eval, nutritionist consult (one on one and a group) that are all included.
I hope you get the answers you are looking for. Maybe with the right Dr you can get on track with the diet and start losing. Of course, the right Dr will have you feeling better before hand. I wonder if your having an allergic response? Not all allergic reactions are anaphalactic.

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BAILEY572010 1/2/2011 3:26PM

    I've had a love hate relationship with my lap band since 3/2005 (when I was banned). My band seems to have a mind of its own and I've experienced similar problems to you. My insurance does not cover anything to do with my lap band and I paid out of pocket for it to be done in Mexico. My dr has since been murdered...

I was seeing a dr in the chicago area for fills/unfills, but he is no longer doing this but may resume this year. Its been a year since I've been in and there are days it is too tight and days I have no restriction.

What I know is I've not been following the band rules to the letter like I'm suppose to. I had done really well, and then things just fell apart. Back to the rules and hoping for success!

I'd be happy to facilitate a support group for the "love/hate relationship of the band."

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/5/2010 2:55PM

    Wow, so sorry to hear you have had such a hard time with that. Thanks for putting it out there for others who may be considering that too.

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New goal plan for turning 46

Monday, March 29, 2010

I'm so tired of making promises to myself and never following through. I'd never do that to anyone else but me and it's time for a change. I would really like to lost 15 pounds before my next birthday on June 18th. If I start on April 2 it will be eleven weeks until June 18th and I think if I really try I'll lose it. Then I think if I lose it what's going to stop me from continuing on. I think the best way to start losing weight is to make goals that are attainable and realistic and I think losing 5 pounds a month can be done.

My biggest hang up is finding time to exercise which right now, would have to be in the mornings. I did it before and I'm sure I can do it again. It's just forcing myself to go to bed early enough to get at least 7 hours sleep before I wake up to exercise.

I was actually thinking about starting a message about it to see if anyone wanted to participate with me. Everything is always better with support.

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MISTRESS_NICCI 3/29/2010 11:58AM

    Come over to the Irving Sparkers group! We are begining a cyber-guilt trend where we hold each other accountable via online - even when we can't get together in person (although a few of us get together at the gym on 183&story regularly). Don't give up, GET UP!

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PAMCRACKER 3/29/2010 11:57AM

    Sounds good, I would join.........that is when I "TRY" to exercise on my wii..........don't always succeed!

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Initiative is power

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I decided yesterday to start taking eating right seriously! I use SparkPeople occasionally to count calories and water intake but I really took it to heart. I watched what I ate and I walked the stairs twice in my building and I lost 2 pounds. I felt so proud of myself, which is rare, that I've decided to try and stay on track, even on the weekends, which is very hard for me. I'm going to give it 200% for at least 90 days and if the progress is substantial I think that's what my brain will need to continue.

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LILASHOME 12/10/2009 11:01AM

    emoticon Measurable goals/results really, really help when quitting becomes a temptation. I've started making 30-day goals because my easily-sidetracked brain can't seem to handle more than 30 days without losing interest. The key is finding a time frame and goal that works for're on your way!

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