Hi there - I went with Chris Couch who operates out of Waikiki, once you see him the wait is only about 6 weeks if you have private health cover. Costs vary but there is an approx. price on his website - Perth Obesity Surgery
Hello all, I have just had all the fill taken out as they think mine may have "slipped" also. Question about the cost and if I will be covered by PHI if I need another op/replacement as I am no longer overweight and have been at goal for about 18 months. Would I be eligible for a new band or even sleeving? Any thoughts would be very welcome:)
Went furniture shopping with my hubby yesterday and started looking at mirror's. Then actually looked at my reflection which I would NEVER EVER have done before and the woman reflected looked pretty damn good. Hair was a mess , but the body looked ok
Glad you have an appt tomorrow, hope all goes OK. I recently had similar symptoms with the coughing, dr took all the fill out, before putting most if it back in and it seems to have sorted the issue. Cheers
I am 5ft 2in and started at 83kg, and am type 1 diabetic so was considered to be a candidate. My weight loss was pretty slow for the first 12 - 18 months as went really slow on my fills. Have now lost 20kg so surgeon is really happy as he only predicted a 10-12 kg loss overall. I am really happy with my band and wish you every success. It is a different journey for everyone and definitely not easy!
You will certainly know all about it if your band is too tight, best to avoid it by just going slow and steady with the fills. I can also feel my port and now that my weight is almost at goal weight can even see the lump of it on my stomach. Bit like a small plum sitting under the skin. Not really that noticeable
Good luck with your op on the 5th June - exciting times.
This has also recently happened to me. Bit of a shock after having no real problems all this time. Had a small fill in March and was sort of OK for first couple of weeks and then BAM way too tight. Went back after another couple of weeks of struggling and had the fill removed. No change, took me another week to get an appointment and was seriously struggling - couldn't hardly eat or drink anything, up coughing all night. Finally got appointment yesterday and the Dr removed all the fill, got me to skull two glasses of water (anyone remember what skulling a drink fills like?) and then put most of the fill back in. Fixed Dr thinks that maybe the band had slipped a bit. Personally I think that was an understatement, something was definitely not right. Unfilling and then refilling has hopefully allowed the band to settle back into the correct position. Anyway today is a good day, still early but maybe I can eat breakfast for the first time in over a month.
Even after two years it is still a learning curve. My advice is that slow weight loss is the aim and not to push it too fast.