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  1. I went for my first weigh in yesterday, and my first fill. A couple of things surprised me. I had actually been getting a little hungry in between meals, but not so much that it was really noticeable. I didn't know that this was completely normal, I should have spent more time exploring the forums My doctor tells me that for the first 4 weeks, the hunger is not so big (no pun intended), due to the healing process and that after that you do start to feel a little hungry. It was good to know I was normal. I got some great tips from the dietician, including how to up my calorie intake to between 800-1000 calories a day (the usual sweet range), and how to boost my protein. As far as the fill, I had 2mm when I was banded, and it has now been increased to 5mm. The doctor would like to add another 1.5mm in two weeks. So, the best news of the day? I have lost 17.7kgs! This is such a motivation for me and I can't wait to continue on my journey.
  2. Gerri

    Advice

    I had my second fill about a week and a half ago. Since then I have not been able to eat anything other then soft mushies. Anything else feels like it's stuck and I bring it back up. Any advice? I return to the doc on March 9
  3. Hey guys, Can any of you tell me if you know of a GP that does band adjustments in the south west? I have just moved from perth where my local GP could do the adjustments with out the need for a referral, and it was so much easier, quicker and cheaper. Cheers all for any info.
  4. Lisa1982

    band fill

    hi i got my first fill of 2ml only 3 weeks ago and the doctor told me to come back in 8 weeks time....i feel i need another fill as my portion sizes have increased and my weight loss has stopped...do i wait for the appointment in 5 weeks time or can i go for another fill only 3 weeks after the first fill?
  5. I'm new here and new to having the lap band. I was banded on 14 April this year in Tasmania. In the first week I shed 6 kgs which was great, It felt great as I was so swollen in my belly it hurt to eat (or drink as it was). 😉 Now, after 4 weeks I'm finding I'm looking for food again and not always eating healthy things. I devoured some chocolate earlier, I'm definitely an emotional eater and definitely need the restriction that the lap band gives. I see the dr this Thursday for my first fill. My question is this. What is the usual first fill amount to go in, and from your experience did it really help to bring the cravings and hunger back in check? I actually really enjoyed hearing my tummy rumbling those first couple of weeks, I'm hoping the fill will give that again, and take away the desire for the bigger meals again.
  6. 5 weeks today since surgery and I feel great! I have now lost 15.3kgs and am now walking 5 kms every day!! 3 in the morning and 2 in the arvo and I am extremely proud of myself for that!!! I am really looking forward to getting my first fill next Monday as I am so bloody hungry some days but other than a few hot chips i stole from hubby on Sunday night I have been making the right food choices, who knew I would ever do that!!!! So all in all I feel great, and I know I keep saying it but I am happy!!! Had family visit over the weekend and they told me I havent looked so happy and relaxed for years!!! Spent the weekend eating out and gee I am a cheap date now when it comes to food!!! Life is good!!!!! And why did I not do this years ago ?
  7. Hi guys, I was banded back in September, have lost 29 kilos and have had about 5 fills now. The last 2 times I have gone to see my surgeon he has asked me how 'everything' is going and I have explained that the band is starting to change how hungry I feel, but it was not providing a great amount of restriction yet and both times he has responded with "if you've got no restriction then why are you losing weight?" I have made him aware that I am counting calories and have a personal trainer and am at the gym everyday, yet he makes it seem like I am lying and that I don't need any more fill. Its really frustrating!! Anyway, I saw my surgeon again on Friday and went through the same story, with the same questions thrown back at me in response and he reluctantly gave me another fill. He was scraping around trying to find the port and eventually said that he had blunted the needle, threw it in the sharps bin and got another. Instead of taking the needle off and putting a new needle on the syringe, he got a whole new syringe and needle. I thought that was strange.. He put this needle straight into the port, pulled all the fill out (I assume to check how much was in there) and instead of gently pushing it back in, he pushed the syringe really hard and fast to the where I heard it all rushing and bubble through the syringe and port. At dinner that night I noticed that I had no restriction what so ever, I was inhaling my food and nothing was getting stuck! I then tried to get food stuck, I chewed huge mouthfuls about 5 times and swallowed. Still nothing. I then ate a bread roll really quickly and then had water (this a guaranteed stuck moment for me), still nothing! My hunger is definitely coming back and my restriction still feels almost non existent. I am concerned that the surgeon has done something when he was prodding around with the first needle or when he filled the port way too quickly. I contacted the surgery and i have to have an x-ray next week, but the more I think about it, the more paranoid I get about the thought that he may have taken some out just to prove that I did have restriction (he seem like the kind of a**hole that would do it) or that it may all just be in my head!!
  8. GastricGran

    Too much fill?

    I had my first fill 28 Jan. Dr put in 3.5ml and I found it made no difference at all. So long as I chewed I could eat as much as I liked. I went back two days ago on the 3rd Feb and he topped it up to 5ml. He has advised me to stay on fluids for 3 days. So day 2 on fluids and I'm still getting discomfort (more so than pain) when I drink water and soups. I can manage a cup of soup but it takes me 1/2 hour to drink. Does the discomfort generally ease after a fill? I'm reluctant to go back just yet to have any out as I had so much trouble getting the fill in. My port has flipped and it took ten plus injections to find the entry point. I am sore and bruised from the ordeal and don't feel I couldn't cope with another injection to remove fluid just yet. I feel I could manage for a little while so long as it doesn't get tighter. Thoughts?
  9. Bug queen

    First weigh & first fill

    Hi everyone Just wanted to say that I had my first weigh in with the dr and my first fill a couple of days ago. I lost 9kgs in just over 5 weeks and he did my first fill. Haven't felt much different, so not sure if I should be or not. Anyways next one in January....be interesting to see how I go. Wish me luck! I
  10. Thinspiration

    Pain after third fill

    Hoping someone can help..... Yesterday I got my third fill, though it was with a lap band trained GP I haven't been to before as I am interstate and not home for another week. That aside, it felt very different this time and all day and well into late evening I had a painful abdominal area, kind of like a severe stitch. I couldn't stand completely upright and was a little hunched over all day as that hurt less. I sipped a little water but didn't eat anything so it wasn't from over-eating. He also used the correct needle so I can rule that out as a cause. I tried some gentle aqua exercise but that didn't help. The pain has subsised considerably this morning, though it is still lingering in the background. He couldn't have damaged my port or the band itself, could he? Any ideas on possible cause, solution? Thanks!
  11. SydneySinger

    First fill today

    Had my first fill this afternoon - now have 4mls in total as the band had 3mls in from surgery. Hoping I will feel some restriction and not so hungry all the time as I have for the last 2-3 weeks. I'm a little disappointed at my recent loss - only 1.3kgs over the four weeks since my last appointment - so am hoping the fill makes life easier and the weight loss starts to accelerate. What's everyones experience at this stage? Total loss to date 8.3kgs
  12. Tracenta

    Fill question

    Was wanting to know if you have all fill removed cause of going on holiday etc... do u have to start from scratch again only putting back 1 ml at a time or can you just have the whole 6 ml etc put back in straight up
  13. tishtish

    First Fill

    So, I'm 7 1/2 weeks banded and had my first fill today. From everything I've read I knew it wouldn't be bad ... I was expecting something similar to a blood test so I didn't get all worked up about it. I saw Dr Wendy Brown (who is just lovely) and she was so happy with my weight loss so far. (just over 20kg since last December). Seems I'm doing everything right. She got me to lay on the bed with my back arched over a pillow. Then she asked me to tense up my belly like I was doing crunches and she put the needle in. I felt it go in but it was the smallest sting that I can't even say it hurt. Then she started jiggling it up and down, looking for the port and as she was doing it I was thinking, any second now something's going to happen and it's going to start hurting ... but it didn't. After a couple of seconds she said, "Oh, they didn't put much fill in. I'll put in 3ml." And then she was reaching for a bandaid and I've gone, "Wha ? Is that it ? Is that really it ?" It was honestly less than nothing. So now I have 3ml in a 10ml band and I have to go back in 4 weeks. I'm on fluids for the rest of today and tomorrow, then a day of mushies, then back to normal foods. I felt so damn good when I walked (strutted) out of there and had a big stupid grin plastered across my face all the way home ... a 1 hour drive. Up until today, all the weight I've lost has been through will power and I'm very proud of myself. Now that I have some fill in my band I feel like my lap banding journey is finally beginning and I'll have this tool I can use to help me whilst continuing the good work I've already started. I'm just buzzing today !
  14. Just wondering if anyone else gets fatigued after they have a fill? I had a fill yesterday, and have spent the day in bed today just exhausted.... And it seems to be a reacurring thing. The surgeon believes I'm sensitive to the band but I'm curious if anyone has a similar reaction? Thanks in advance, Jen xx
  15. Had third fill and finding more things like bread getting stuck...have 6 ml in band ..have vomited a few times since fill on tues...
  16. FreshStart2

    2nd Fill - 8 weeks on

    8 weeks banded Highest Weight: 108kg Current Weight: 90.5kg Current Fill: 6ml in 10ml band Total Loss: 18.3kg Highest BMI: 44.5 Current BMI: 36 Clothing Size: 16-18 and getting loose! Hello! So I had my second fill today. Dr Sabine was very happy with my progress, having lost 10kg since my surgery day (in 7.5 weeks) and 18kg altogether. Since I have done well and didnt really feel like i needed one, he only put in 1ml. I've only sipped on water and up'n'go so far, but so far, so good. I'm really hoping that this will be my "sweet spot" since I felt great and not hungry before, but felt I was able to eat a little too quickly. I don't WANT a stuck or PB moment, but I feel like if it happens, it might help make me remember to slow down, and also to not let my portions size increase any, i think they have slowly been creeping up, even if it is just salad. I couldn't be happier with my progress at the moment and I finally feel like I have found a tool to help me lose and KEEP OFF the weight. I think I've found what "works" for me, at least for now. I spoke to Dr Sabine about the rules and whether or not I should always have breakfast or only eat when I'm hungry, and he basically said he could tell me about lots of things that work for other people but at the end of the day, I have to find out what works for ME. And what's working for me is not having carbs (bread, pasta, rice, usually potato) after lunchtime. I also have the odd treat here and there, mostly leftover Christmas chocolate, and I'm still losing, so I'm happy. I know at some point I will plateau, but right now I have high hopes of reaching my goal weight before the end of the year. Or certainly before my wedding next year. I just really REALLY need to get a job so I can help pay for our wedding, and hopefully be able to put some away to have the arm skin removed later this year. But we'll see I guess. One step at a time! For now I'll just be happy to get to 88kg by the end of the month. That will get me to my mini goal of 20KG LOST! I'm going to reward myself by getting my hair done.
  17. Hi everyone, I am new to Banding together I was banded 3 1/2 yrs ago, and initially had good success. Over the last 18 months I started back at work, working full time, weekends, and crazy on-call hours too! So have put a bit back on, went back to my Dr this morning for a long needed fill. And I had the weirdest sensation - while she was removing the fluid from my band to chesk just how much I had in it - I could feel everything. Weird stitch type feeling? Then when she put the fluid back in, I got a pain in the middle of my chest just right of the breastbone? Its a constant achy pain now. Thought it might be indigestion, so have taken my somac - hoping this will work. Has anyone had similar??
  18. AmazonRose

    questions

    Hi all - am hoping some of you can help me with my questions. I had the surgery about 4 weeks ago and went for the first fill (3 mls) on Thursday. The first four weeks postop were two weeks of fluids (optifast) and then two more weeks of free fluids (soups, custards etc). I was meant to start puree when the band was filled. Ever since the fill I have had a lot of trouble swallowing anything and cant tolerate any puree, but yesterday was able to get a small amount of pumpkin soup, some custard and also some fruche down (very slowly). Today in the morning had a small amount of scrambled egg and also some coffee. Started to feel uncomfortable in the epigastric area. Wasnt able to swallow my own saliva for a while, so was spitting into tissues. Also noticed saliva was very thick and sticky. Then had a small vomit and felt quite a bit better. Now able to swallow saliva again. Is all this normal? Will it settle down? Also, have been reading the posts trying to sort out if this is normal or not and came up with some things I dont understand. What is PB? What is 'sliming'? If band gets blocked, how do you unblock it? Thanks so much for reading and hope you can answer my questions.
  19. BekCanDoIt

    I'm Confused

    After my 2nd fill i was feeling a good restriction - I was satisfied on small amounts of food and i wasn't able to eat certain 'bad' foods because my band couldn't tolerate it. After about 3-4weeks it felt like my band became 'looser' - i Could eat more 'bad' things, or just more of anything - i was still satisfied per-say but i noticed i could eat more before that feeling of satiety came. But over the last couple of days my band feels 'tighter' again, I've noticed that i have pb'd things i could eat a week before . So i'm really confused if i should go in for another fill or if i shouldn't - because i don't want to get into the red zone.... Has anyone else felt like this before? If anyone has any advice i'd really appreciate hearing it!! Thanks Bek
  20. DMW

    Help

    Hi Guys my name is Dave, I was banded on the 10th of February this year and on 22nd of March I had my post op visit with Dr Dolan.I had lost 14kg very happy. He put 5ml of fill in but my problem is that I am not having a full feeling after eating and I tend to graze abit on good food such as fruit and protein.Since that last visit I have lost another 2-3kg but I an exercising vigorously 1 hour on the spin bike + walkinging each day. I am really scared of damaging my band but I have convince myself that I am doing nothing wrong because I havn't vomited I see Doc in 2 weeks but I guess I just need reassurance. Advice please.
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