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Hi All, 

Can anyone please tell me about revision surgery from band to sleeve? Is it just one operation? Recovery time? Going with Dr Ben Teague if anyone has gone with him?

 

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Hi There!!

I had a band to sleeve conversion in Feb 2017 - I had severe post surgical complications that almost resulted in me dying.

It is high risk for complications so please be completely informed before proceeding. 

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I had a year between taking my band out and getting sleeved.

My band came out in fairly urgent circumstances and my surgeon was away so someone else had to do it. When I saw my surgeon, I was shocked when he said he would not perform any more surgery on me.  But when I went back to him desparate 8 months later he did refer me on to somebody else and I was sleeved in December.  I also had a hernia repair. It was quite a long and complicated surgery - there was a LOT of scarring and adhesions and it took me a while to recover.

That was 8 weeks ago and I have lost weight but meh - 12kg in 8 weeks which is about 40% of my goal.. Its hardly what I experienced when I first had my lapband, and my surgeon commented that he thought I'd get o my goal in 6 months but not at this rate!

 Nobody that doesnt know has even noticed I've lost any weight and I have not even gone down a size in clothes.  I really suspect I had my honeymoon weight loss 13 years ago when I got my band and my metabolism is so stuffed from years of eating so little that weight loss is going to be very slow. But hey! It is a loss and I'll take it, particularly as I can really feel it gone physically even if I cant see it yet. 

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8 weeks and 12 kg is a huge effort! well done! I don’t have any hernias? Why wouldn’t your original surgeon operate? Can I ask what your starting weight was? I was 107 when I had my band in 2013, got down to 80 but have. Gone back up to 90 after 5 miscarriages and having my son three years ago.

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I was 114 when I had my band surgery - which I think was a BMI of about 35 for me.  I got down to 72 kg which was great at 5ft 10 . My surgeon was so pleased with this and I was asked to speak at a couple of lapband information nights.  I never had any problems etc.  Then I had a cancer diagnosis and through chemo and radiation and surgery, got down as low as 59kg which was scary skinny.  My band was unfilled for a major surgery and it was never the same after that. But although my weight did start to go up as I could never get good restriction again I never got outside of a healthy weight range for many years. Even so, after that I only became *just* overweight, although to me, I was fat fat fat, lol. But my point of view is cosmetic AND health, my surgeon's is health only.  So after all the sh*t hit the fan, and my band came out, I think he thought I would not have a big regain - afterall I'd done so well, and had not been overweight in 13 years!  I thought so too. I was shocked by the fact that he didnt want to offer me a revision, as I'd been told all along that EVERYBODY that loses their band or removes their fill gains weight, by him and by every clinic doctor.  But I didnt particularly want one, I thought I could do it alone.  

It took me a year but I went from about 78kg (I lost a bit with being so sick) to 97 and I felt like an overstuffed couch when I was finally sleeved in December. I am 85 now which is a BMI well under 30, but its way too fat for me - I still have cellulite on my calves, I'm a fairly skinny build and I get flabby with ANY extra weight.  More muscular people can carry more weight.

Like I said, nobody has even noticed 12kg gone and I still havent been able to get out my size 14's.  It pisses me off, lol.  I dont know where I hide all that weight, but I'm kind of glad because this time, I"ve told nobody I was sleeved.  I want to keep it to myself this time around.

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