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Old 03-11-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Tell me about the Lap Band

I have talked for ever about doing it and I finally called today. I meet w/ the surgeon next week to see if I am a candidate.

I have a close friend who is going through the process as well but she has chosen to go the bypass route. THIS SCARES ME! DD's BF lost his mom last summer to bypass; she bascially died from oragan failure related to starvation.

Now my friend and I both know the risks for these proceeders; we went to nursing school together. My question is the lapband enough? I need to loose about 150 lbs to be normal weight for my 5'1o frame.

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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A lap and should be enough if you fully embrace the mindset that you need to have to be healthy and successful.

If you think to yourself "the lapband will keep me from eating to much" and repeatedly add extra bites to your meals, you won't succeed. I know a lady who had the lapband and stretched out her pocket by eating more and more and she gained the weight back.

If you eat only crap and don't follow the strict diet and vitamin regimen, you could die. (This you already know).

My only advice is to be honest with yourself. Have you tried everything else? Is it just a willpower issue? Surgery like this is dangerous, and should not be done just because someone doesn't want to address the psychological reasons the overeat or they are too lazy and want a quick fix.

I do think the technology to do this is miraculous and can help people who physically can't lose any other way.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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A lap and should be enough if you fully embrace the mindset that you need to have to be healthy and successful.

If you think to yourself "the lapband will keep me from eating to much" and repeatedly add extra bites to your meals, you won't succeed. I know a lady who had the lapband and stretched out her pocket by eating more and more and she gained the weight back.

If you eat only crap and don't follow the strict diet and vitamin regimen, you could die. (This you already know).

My only advice is to be honest with yourself. Have you tried everything else? Is it just a willpower issue? Surgery like this is dangerous, and should not be done just because someone doesn't want to address the psychological reasons the overeat or they are too lazy and want a quick fix.

I do think the technology to do this is miraculous and can help people who physically can't lose any other way.



I would suggest getting the "after diet" and see if you can follow that without the surgery. I think this opens the eyes of a lot of people. I also knew someone who did the lap-band and gained it all back. She was concentrating on the surgery itself and not so much on what happens to her rich diet afterwards. The funny thing is that is worked for her for about 10 years.

I'm overweight and have thought many times about the lap-band. I think with my eating reasons, I might just be one of the failures. I would love to get my hands on the "after diet" though, just to try it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:20 PM   #4
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Just make sure you fully research all your options. I had the sleeve gastrectomy two years ago in April. I originally planned to have the lap band procedure, but my Doctor recommended against it for several reasons including that I needed to lose more than 100 pounds. I have been very pleased with the results of the sleeve. I have lost 110 pounds and would still like to lose 20 more. It's no magic bullet though. All weight loss surgery requires a major commitment to change your lifestyle. However, the surgery took away my hunger and limited the volume of food I could consume at once.

No one method is right for everyone. And just because you know some who had significant issues after gastric bypass doesn't mean it might not be the best procedure for you. There are pros and cons for each procedure. You will need to investigate these with your Doctor before making a decision.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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Found this post-op diet:

http://www.longviewregional.com/weig...etMealPlan.pdf
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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I have a friend who did the lap band and another who had gastric bypass. They both lost a lot of weight and they both put back on a lot of weight. Neither weighs what they did before surgery (not yet anyway) but both under estimated the hard lifestyle that follows.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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I had the lap band done in November 2012. I have lost 36 lbs as of March 10th. I find I am able to eat about a cup of food at a time. The place where I got my surgery done has an AWESOME aftercare program (for life). They have a nutritionist, physcologist (sp?), and someone to help with your exercise routine. I admit I have not been exercising all this time but I am really trying to stick to it since I have been given an exercise plan. I will send you a DM with more information.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:57 PM   #8
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Yikes....I think FOR ME, I would rather diet harder...But good luck to all those who do this...Dieting is so very hard!
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:53 PM   #9
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A friend of ours had lap-band surgery over two years ago. At first, she wasn't losing at the rate she had expected. She lost maybe 20 pounds in 6 months, so she had another procedure to have the band tightened. She still didn't seem to lose all that much. I saw her at a picnic last August and she didn't look much different. I don't know what happened between then and now, because I saw her a few weeks ago and she had visibly lost a lot more weight. I don't know if she had it tightened again or just cracked down harder on following the diet.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:05 PM   #10
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. I know a lady who had the lapband and stretched out her pocket by eating more and more and she gained the weight back.

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I know at least 12 people who have had the lap band and not one has ever kept the weight off- 6 of them ended up just doing the bypass and are doing great with that but I have yet to know anyone that had the lap band that kept the weight off.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:09 PM   #11
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Do a google search for lap band Europe research. It will not be long before it's banned not only in Europe but in the US too. Many surgeons refuse to place a lap band. Some have done it in the past but refuse to do the surgery anymore (I met with quite a few when researching my surgeon)

I had one for over 5 years. The most weight I lost was during the liquid phase of the diet after the band was placed. My band was removed last year, and in the next 2-3 months I will be having RnY.

Good luck with your decision!
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:23 PM   #12
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I know a few people who have a lapband and none of them have kept off the weight. I saw the hospital dietician the other day and she told me that the docs there are not doing anymore lap band procedures because the doctors are not seeing good results. They're only doing the gastric sleeve or bypass.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:42 PM   #13
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Yikes....I think FOR ME, I would rather diet harder...But good luck to all those who do this...Dieting is so very hard!
I'm with you. The thought that I could never have another cookie, chocolate, popcorn, hot dogs appalls me. And some of the side effects that I've read about...well, just, no....This will sound weird, but i'd rather be fat than have to live like that. I freely admit that I have an eating disorder. I have lost weight in teh past, but gained it right back. At the moment I am not following a diet at all. But it's my choice and i'm fine with it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:46 PM   #14
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My DDILs mom died in Jan from complications from gastric bypass. She had it done in Aug and never really left the hospital for more than a few hours before she died. She was only 47 and had such high hopes for the surgery.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #15
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WLS is something I always tell people to approach with caution. That being said, after doing a year of research on the procedure AND my surgeon, I had sleeve gastrectomy nine months ago. Dieting was not an option for me any longer; my metabolism was in the toilet because I was too big to move more than from the couch to my car, then to my desk. It has given me my life back, and I am literally less than half of the woman I was. Most reputable centers are beginning to shy away from the lapband; there's not a surgeon within 100 miles of my home that will install one, as they have proven to have some rough after affects. My suggestion would be to research your surgeon, and your procedure, carefully, and go with what suits you best. Good luck!
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