It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Weight Loss / Surgical Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-12-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ge
Posts: 285
Valley HB User
Question Lap band surgery

Has anyone had the lap band surgery, and what effect did it have on you. What was the recovery like?

 
Old 10-10-2005, 08:34 PM   #2
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 9
Breigh1974 HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

One of my best friends had Lap Band surgery roughly 3 yrs ago. She has had nothin but problems and we recently found out why....she is allergic to the band. All I can say is be careful :-)

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 11-27-2005, 11:24 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 68
jess301 HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

i had my band placed one year ago and have had zero problems. actually that's not true...my only problem is finding money to keep buying clothes!! Everytime i turn around, the clothes i just bought are too big
the band is a great alternative to bypass--less complications, less risk--its simply a safter option, with the same results (if not better...just slower).
its true some people have problems, but the stats are around 1%.
its the best thing i ever did for myself-no regrets. the surgery itself is very easy-i was up and running around 3 days later. you do have to have patience--the band does need to be adjusted and that can take time....i didn't start losing steadily until after my 3rd adjustment, but if you get to goal in 9 months or 12...doesn't matter in the end.
good luck--keep researching!

 
Old 12-27-2005, 04:13 PM   #4
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: washington DC
Posts: 28
Emeraldz HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

I was banded on 12/19 - about 8 days ago. It's only been a few days..however, I'm happy I did it so far! I think my biggest issue was with portion and "eating healthy" controls. I'm hoping that this should do it..I was too chicken to get Gastric Bypass!

 
Old 12-28-2005, 08:42 AM   #5
Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 66
smurfett HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

Does anyone know what the cost of lapband is? I have no insurance and don't qualify for state help.

 
Old 12-31-2005, 01:44 PM   #6
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: asheboro n c
Posts: 28
old coot HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

13-17 thousand in USA
8 -10 thousand in Mexico

My insurance does not cover it either and I don't have that kind of $$$$

 
Old 12-31-2005, 08:49 PM   #7
Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 66
smurfett HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

Are the risks as bad as with gastric bypass? Also, do you lose as much. I have heard lap band will only somewhat help-that it isn't as effective as GB,does anyone know?

 
Old 01-01-2006, 03:20 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 219
seekingnormal05 HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

Quote:
Originally Posted by jess301
i had my band placed one year ago and have had zero problems. actually that's not true...my only problem is finding money to keep buying clothes!! Everytime i turn around, the clothes i just bought are too big
the band is a great alternative to bypass--less complications, less risk--its simply a safter option, with the same results (if not better...just slower).
its true some people have problems, but the stats are around 1%.
its the best thing i ever did for myself-no regrets. the surgery itself is very easy-i was up and running around 3 days later. you do have to have patience--the band does need to be adjusted and that can take time....i didn't start losing steadily until after my 3rd adjustment, but if you get to goal in 9 months or 12...doesn't matter in the end.
good luck--keep researching!

Can you tell me about the "adjustment"? Is it painful? Is it done in a doctor's office or back at a surgical facility? Between being banded and that 3rd adjustment, how much time passed?

Thanks!

 
Old 01-05-2006, 12:07 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 68
jess301 HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

for me, the third ajustment came about 2 months after surgery.....but I had lost about 12 lbs the first 2 weeks, so even though i wasn't losing consistently until after that 3rd fill, it still averaged out in the end.

teh fills are no big deal--just like getting a shot--but really not even as bad as that, as you don't feel the burn of medicine/fluid/whatever going in your skin. because the needle enters the port, you simply feel that initial stick. (and believe me, I am a real needle phobe....and this doesn't bother me a bit).

Also, don't let the idea of so many fills sway you--you might not need a single one--or maybe just one or two..there is no way to know. and once you start losing you won't care

someone above asked about the effectiveness: the band and the bypass are as effective as you want them to be--its a tool nothing more. many people believe the bypass to be superior because you lose so much faster with it, but the numbers level out after a year or so. the problem with bypass is you have a window of opportunity--most bypassers lose their weight the first year, adn after that they are back to dieting. not so with the band--you adjust it and keep going, no matter if its 1 year out or 5. and for me, faster is not better. there just seems to be something so unhealthy about dropping 100lbs in a few months. it also gives your skin some time to catch up--when you lose fast your chances of excess skin are greater than if you lose slowly.
imho, unless you have to lose weight immediately (ie heart problem) then consider bypass, but if not, the band can accomplish the same thing, with much less risk and long term side-effects.

 
Old 01-05-2006, 05:39 AM   #10
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 32
WCPI HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

An ex-girlfriend of mine had the lap band done 4 years ago and she has not lost a lot of weight with it. She is in the health insurance business and as such was privy to the cost of the saline injections for the band. She was told each adjustment cost approximately $500 each! Now this was 4 years ago and prices may be lower and/or it just may have been the doctor she used but this is very expensive for someone without insurance.

WCPI
Pre-surgery prep for
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RGB)

Last edited by WCPI; 01-05-2006 at 06:53 AM.

 
Old 01-05-2006, 03:48 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 219
seekingnormal05 HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

Quote:
Originally Posted by jess301
for me, the third ajustment came about 2 months after surgery.....but I had lost about 12 lbs the first 2 weeks, so even though i wasn't losing consistently until after that 3rd fill, it still averaged out in the end.

teh fills are no big deal--just like getting a shot--but really not even as bad as that, as you don't feel the burn of medicine/fluid/whatever going in your skin. because the needle enters the port, you simply feel that initial stick. (and believe me, I am a real needle phobe....and this doesn't bother me a bit).

Also, don't let the idea of so many fills sway you--you might not need a single one--or maybe just one or two..there is no way to know. and once you start losing you won't care

someone above asked about the effectiveness: the band and the bypass are as effective as you want them to be--its a tool nothing more. many people believe the bypass to be superior because you lose so much faster with it, but the numbers level out after a year or so. the problem with bypass is you have a window of opportunity--most bypassers lose their weight the first year, adn after that they are back to dieting. not so with the band--you adjust it and keep going, no matter if its 1 year out or 5. and for me, faster is not better. there just seems to be something so unhealthy about dropping 100lbs in a few months. it also gives your skin some time to catch up--when you lose fast your chances of excess skin are greater than if you lose slowly.
imho, unless you have to lose weight immediately (ie heart problem) then consider bypass, but if not, the band can accomplish the same thing, with much less risk and long term side-effects.
jess:

Thanks for the information. The most interesting comment is the 1 year or 5.
The main thing I hear as a negative about the banding is that the band almost always deteriorates and will need to be either just removed or replaced. One woman's web page I read said that at 18 months the fills were no longer doing anything and they were telling her the band was already deteriorated to where it was going to need replaced. I think that would be awful.

Did they discuss those odds with you?

I've already lost from 365 to 230 without surgery. But I'd gotten to 204 about 3 years ago...now gaining back from there. I just don't think I can go hungry the rest of my life and whether people want to believe it or not, I have to stay hungry to keep this off. Lap band seems like the option for me. I know about 8 people who have had GBP. But I know no one who has gone the LapBand route.

Thanks,
Seeking

 
Old 01-08-2006, 07:58 AM   #12
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 20
newtim HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

Hello Valley I was banded jan/06/2006

Last edited by moderator2; 01-08-2006 at 04:13 PM. Reason: no emails - please read and follow the posting rules

 
Old 01-12-2006, 04:34 AM   #13
Inactive
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Jacksonville, Fl. USA
Posts: 785
miper HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

newtim,

Keep us posted. I am also looking into this. I had breast lift, tummy tuck and liposuction a few months ago and even though I have gone down in size, my weight is still an issue. having the lipo done taught me that the fat that is around my tummy is visceral (sp?) which means it's behind the muscles and the most dangerous kind. My mother had her first heart attack at 42 and now I am 35......starting to get freaked out. I exercise 5-6 days a week and basicly eat right, but my problem is portion control. I also have metabolic syndrome which slows me from losing weight. I'm hoping this is the answer for me.

 
Old 01-12-2006, 08:34 AM   #14
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 20
newtim HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

Hello Miper,

I would say this is the best thing I have done for myself,I researched the Diff/between Gastic bypass//Lapband..for over a year before talking And meeting w/the Doctor who preform's both operation's . It was suggested to me after meeting w/my Personal Doctor & The Weightloss Doctor to get the Lap-Band.
I am now 6 days after surgery and down between 15-20 Lbs I would guess

 
Old 01-12-2006, 05:21 PM   #15
Inactive
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Jacksonville, Fl. USA
Posts: 785
miper HB User
Re: Lap band surgery

Wow, that is ALOT of weight. My BMI is a little less than 35 so I'm going to have to fight my insurance co. to get this done, but have three Doctors backing me up, so hopefully I can get it doen soon. Please, will you keep in touch with me and let me know how you're doing? I'd love to know if you have any negatives from it. I've heard so many good things and so many bad things.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
How is life after Lap Band Surgery? A few questions to the people who had it done NYMommySI Weight Loss / Surgical 1 08-15-2007 01:48 PM
Gastric Band op - advice appreciated Katianne Obesity 5 05-24-2007 11:18 PM
Lap Band Surgery dagent Weight Loss / Surgical 4 02-22-2007 04:11 AM
going in for lap band surgery tommrrow philandkay2004 Weight Loss / Surgical 4 01-18-2007 10:01 AM
lap band twells Weight Loss / Surgical 1 06-23-2006 11:56 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Agenda (2), ricardo33 (1), seeking life (1), shannon2012 (1), marcia46 (1), janewhite1 (1), Debbajoy (1), ladybud (1), WonderElf (1)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1162), MSJayhawk (992), Apollo123 (890), Titchou (827), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (757), ladybud (744), sammy64 (666), midwest1 (665), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:29 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!