dont be scared of a bypass - it's often the best option for exbandits because of the reflux issue. I have chronic reflux - thankfully I just take a strong dose of Nexiium but I wish I didn't have to take the extra medication.
Hi Bliss There is a recovery period following the sleeve - I found that eating 'hard to digest' food such as steak or coleslaw was quite painful for the first few months so it was trial and error. I have had absolutely no issues with regurgitation/blockages, etc like you get with the band simply because the sleeve works like a normal stomach, just on a smaller scale. You have the benefit of having been so long since your lap band removal that most surgeons would probably consider you to be similar to a virgin sleever and a lower risk of complications than most ex-bandits. GO YOU!
there is still a restriction from the band being in place - it takes time for the stomach to unpleat once the lap band is removed. I had band-like restriction for around 2 weeks before it started to settle down and feel less 'bandy'...I took the time to enjoy fresh fruit, vegetables, salads and chicken breast in that time - I had forgotten how much I enjoyed and missed them. Good luck - I hope it all goes well for you...you seriously will not know yourself once that lap band is gone!
I maintained my weight for the first 6 weeks before my weight started to creep up. I think I gained around 8kgs or so in the 17 weeks period between band removal and sleeving. It all came off during the optishit stage so no biggie. Weight loss has been slow and stopped after 5 months of being sleeved - bummer! I would encourage you to explore ALL your options (including bypass which seems to be more effective for ex-bandits). Many band-sleevers experience slow/poor weightloss results (as compared to virgin sleevers) and reflux is very common because the lap band has made the stomach lazy.
you had stomach surgery, not brain surgery - our minds will inevitably work out ways to trip us up if we are not mindful. Sliders are the curse of the WLS patient. Yes we can all overeat if given the 'right' foods (usually sliders), enough time and the opportunity. Grazing is the 'best' way to do this
Hey Shorty Yes I had the sleeve in March 2014. Should have had a bypass - weight loss stopped after 5 months and wouldn't budge past 87kgs. I have chronic reflux (treated with Nexium every day)...but hey, that's life! I'm making the best of it as I don't really want any more WLS (unless absolutely necessary)
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it's no secret the troubles I have had with my lap band - I won't bore you with the details as you can read them yourself. A good friend of mine had a lap band around 18 months before me. She had it fitted, she had 2-3 adjustments and she has lost 40kgs and maintained it. Her experience with the lap band is vastly different to mine, it was on the basis of her good results that I decided to get a lap band in the first place.
Like you, I have a relatively small amount of regained weight to lose (12kgs to get me to my lightest sleeved weight of 81kgs). But I am over weight loss!! I am fed up with dieting, monitoring intake, counting protein/calories/carbs/intake/output. I am finding it so hard to find that spark inside me to dig deep, suck it up and push through this and get on track. I have been on this whole 'health and lifestyle' challenge for 10 solid years now, it has been 7 years since my first WLS and I am sick and tired of the process. My get up and go has definitely got up and left!
yes it's normal to feel anxious and scared. If you were a high risk for dying on the table, they wouldnt operate. I'm a band to sleever - it takes longer to recover, you have to be super careful to not overdo it but so long as you follow the surgeon's instructions and contact them if you have any concerns, you'll be just fine and wondering what all the fuss was a bout in a few weeks time. Take care and good luck
the long term issue that I have with my stomach is that the lap band made the top of the stomach lazy so the sphincter does not close properly/tightly. This means that if I eat or drink something, if I then lay down or bend over it literally falls out of my stomach. It also means that I have chronic reflux that will never, ever go away (unless I revise to a bypass with a minimiser ring). I take a Nexium tablet once a day to manage the reflux.