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Hi everyone,

 

I really need help. I had my consultation today and the doctor basically told me that lap band will not work for me because i'm too big. I'm 145kgs and really thought this was going to be the solution for me. 

 

I was wondering how many people were around my weight or bigger and have lost a significant amount of weight with the band if you could please tell me your thoughts. The doctor told me I would only lose about 15kgs if that, and the only thing that would work for me would be to have bypass surgery to have some of my stomach removed. 

 

I really don't want to do the bypass surgery and now I'm completely confused and upset. He didn't go into any details about the lap band procedure so I got no info on this at all. 

 

I'm so lost and desperate to lose weight but don't know what to do now. 

 

Please share your thoughts

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You need a Dr you can talk to and who will explain all options and talk to you, sometimes the sleeve or band are recommended if you live a distance away due to fills/unfills etc. Always remember to write any questions down so you can get the answers you need. I was 140 kilos now I'm 110.1 kilos so i've exceeded those expectations but remember we are all different and are there any medical issues on why the band isn't suitable. I agree with Kimmykay  that maybe you need a different Dr. Good luck with your journey :)  B)

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Sounds like a crock of BS! I was 146kg when consulted, 142kg when banded in April 2013 and i'm now 105kg and losing weight( it's harder now but it works!) Do some research on the internet for yourself and get a second opinion!

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Ha ha I agree with Moe that it's BS. Look at the weight I started at in my weight ticker lol. My best friend actually weighed over 200kg when she was banded a year before I was. I think you need to find a dr that is advising what is best for you and not what they personally think or believe is best for you. If you want the band then go for it. I lost 85kg so it's more than possible with a band, it's hard work but can be done. Screw anyone that tells you otherwise. Do your research and stick to what you feel is best for you. Good luck :-D

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Gleek what area are you in maybe someone can recommend a dr, I did see when I researched on the net they recommend over 130kg to do Opti first for 2 weeks to try to reduce the weight & get you ready for the band...I didn't have to do the Opti. I have also seen on here many people 140kg getting banded. But don't let it get u down get a second opinion for sure!

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That sounds like a very strange comment. Are you sure that is what they really said? I was 140kgs (BMI 48) when I was banded and am now 68kgs (BMI 23) 13 years later. But the band wasn't that helpful for me because my problem was eating excessive amounts of foods that easily slide through the band (ie chocolate and ice-cream) so it took a significant amount of effort for me to finally lose the weight. I think whether WLS works well for people comes down to what their problem is to begin with (ie if it's eating very large volumes of more normal food in one sitting then WLS will severely restrict this and that type of person will probably find weight loss easier than someone who grazes all day or eats foods that can easily slide down) combined with the level of commitment to permanently changing your eating habits (ie if you don't change your bad habits then you are going to have very limited success regardless of which WLS you have). 

 

As someone else said above, I would definitely seek a second (third or fourth...) opinion.

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Hi there!!

I'm not banded yet- but am booked in to have the surgery done next Thursday!!! I went for my first consultation on the 15.1 this year and weighed in at a massive 159.6 kg. surgeon is more than happy to continue, and has said I will loose most of my excess weight in the first 12 months with the rest over the coming 2 yrs. I'm only new but have done a lot of research, I would get another opinion. Good luck :)

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Thank you everyone for your help. I still want to go ahead with the band as i did extensive research and dont feel comfortable with the other options. 

 

I will be going for a second opinion. Missy_Belle yes that is what he said, he didn't even go through any details about the band at all because he said it wouldn't work for me. The only thing he talked about was either the sleeve or the bypass surgery, which I still don't know what the difference is between the two. 

 

I have been very depressed since the appointment today, but I will be looking for another place to go.

 

Noregrets I live in Sydney Inner city. The place I went to was in Bondi so definitely keen for recommendations. 

 

I would be lost without this forum so appreciate everyone's help

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Get another opinion. At my heaviest I was 170kg. On banding day, almost a year ago, I was 140kg and today I'm 92.4kg.

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Thank you everyone for your help. I still want to go ahead with the band as i did extensive research and dont feel comfortable with the other options. 

 

I will be going for a second opinion. Missy_Belle yes that is what he said, he didn't even go through any details about the band at all because he said it wouldn't work for me. The only thing he talked about was either the sleeve or the bypass surgery, which I still don't know what the difference is between the two. 

 

I have been very depressed since the appointment today, but I will be looking for another place to go.

 

Noregrets I live in Sydney Inner city. The place I went to was in Bondi so definitely keen for recommendations. 

 

I would be lost without this forum so appreciate everyone's help

Don't get depressed, that Dr just sounds like an idiot. I use Dr Ritchie for fills in Sydney CBD although I was banded in Melbourne year's ago by Mr Stewart Skinner. Dr Ritchie's contact details are available http://www.keyholesurgerycentre.com.au/james-dundas-ritchie.html. I'm sure others can recommend some other Sydney Drs.

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I saw Dr Tsang from the same practice and I was 155kg at my first consultation and 146kg on the day of surgery. He talked through all the different options with me, and said he thought I might be a better candidate for the sleeve. But when I explained that I had researched and my reasons for choosing the band he was happy to go ahead. The only thing I had to do different was three weeks of shakes to get my liver fat down. I've now lost more than 15kg since my banding in December so I guess I am proof that that doctor is wrong.

The only thought I had is how tall are you? I am a very tall girl (6ft) and I carry my weight mostly in my booty and legs, if you are a shorty and your weight is mostly in your tummy that might have been a reason for saying what he did?

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Hi Gleek apparently the Sydney obesity clinic or the I clinic at ashfield is very good, I personally went through Dr Desmond Hughes who is at minchinbury or castle hill & operates out of Norwest he was a great dr didn't lecture me gave me the facts & that was it his details are http://www.gastricbandingprocedure.com.au/clinic/dr-desmond-hughes

One thing he asks is what you drink as far as soft drinks, lattes etc as they have hidden calories. He was well priced, relatively quick to see & booked in quick. Good luck please let us know how you go

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I would definitely get another opinion!  I was only banded 2 weeks ago but I had my initial consultation with the surgeon on Dec 18 weighed 169.3kg she recommended the lap band over any other surgery and encouraged me to begin on optislim at the start of Jan which I did. On day of surgery (Feb 11) I weighed 160.7kg and as of a couple of days ago weighed 152.3kg. My surgeon believes I could eventually achieve a weight range around 90-100 kg. So I reckon its worth getting some other opinions :-)

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I first heard of the Lap Band on the news in 2009 at 180kgs and when I asked the GP about getting a referral to see the surgeon he also wasn't very supportive of me getting a band and wanted me to continue with taking weight management meds which did nothing.

I demanded a referral to see a specialist and as soon as I saw my surgeon she took my height and weight and combined with the type 2 diabetes she said I'm perfect for the band and the rest is history, January 2013 I'm now a happy 95kgs and all is great but really looking forward to my tummy tuck..

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Yay, I'm feeling much better today. My heart is set on the band. I researched the sleeve and bypass and just don't think it's right for me.

I have just made an appointment with the surgeon this time - Dr Talbot in Kogarah for the 14th March. Hopefully it will go better!

Glad to hear so many success stories!

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what a stupid comment, I was 170 when I was accepted to be banded and 155 on day of surgery

 

I couldn't find the comment but a loss of 15kgs is nothing out of the ordinary. When I was told of my surgery date I pulled my finger out and lost 7kgs before starting on the Optifast and then another 7 on the shakes.

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I couldn't find the comment but a loss of 15kgs is nothing out of the ordinary. When I was told of my surgery date I pulled my finger out and lost 7kgs before starting on the Optifast and then another 7 on the shakes.

 

 

mmm cant remember saying it was out of the ordinary, I lost 12 before surgery, 8 on opti. wish it was still coming off as fast. what I did comment on in here was how stupid the doctor is to think lapband would not be suitable due to high weight, plenty of bigger people have had the band and done well with it

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Hi there

The surgery team I went to would have preferred me to have a bypass ( pretty common in nz)

They see better results on average in the more generous sized patients

Their concern was if I was to lose about 50% of my excess weight ( ie go from 155 to about 120-125) which is about the average for a band then I may not get the health benefits that would be more likely if I was to lose more.

As a result we discussed it and I went with a band but understood that a lot of this journey would be up to me.

Compared to a band - the initial and really rapid large weight loss often seen with bypass is quite incredible and often seems to happen without the need for much head stuff BUT i know now that the end result is because of the head work.

So some surgery teams may feel the band may not be the best for the population of very generous sized patients but each of us are individuals

Their advice is based on their experience and in the case of my team - options and likely results were honestly discussed and as a team we made a decision and they have been really supportive

Best thing I ever did

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I was 190kg when I started Optifast, now I'm 145kg. Definitely get a second opinion!

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