Lap band surgery

By carithers Latest Reply 2011-05-15 21:57:03 -0500
Started 2011-04-24 16:27:47 -0500

I felt my doctor was forcing me to have a lap band surgery.I decided on my own to diet and exercise and I am down 30 poundsl

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jujeecat 2011-05-12 18:31:24 -0500 Report

doctor not forcing me to have anything. but did tell me that if I don't lose weight, a lot of it and quickly I'll be dead in less than a year. i have many problems that weight lose will cure. I have tried on my own and lost 30 lbs in 6 months. not fast enough for my doctor or me. not having lapband, but am having gastric bypass laproscopically this coming monday. don't want to do it but would like to live a little longer, gee life ought to be easier.

carithers 2011-05-12 21:06:48 -0500 Report

I dont know ali your details but I got a second opinion with my doctor for 23 years and he said I did not need it and he was a bit upset. I am trying to make a lifestyle change. I wish you all the best.

jayabee52 2011-05-12 19:23:08 -0500 Report


He can only make reasonably informed GUESSES about your future and health. I had been working in the medical field for 12 yrs before my disability and then another 10 yrs prior to that in another profession which dealt with people and hospitals.

Quite often when Drs made pronouncements like that they were WRONG! And the people about which they spoke were still alive and kicking years after the date of their supposed death.

You have to do what you think you gotta do, but I believe the Dr is railroading you into having that operation to pad his "bottom line".

Read this from Dr Mercola and then take it under advisement:

My opinion? Get a second opinion from another Dr! and furthermore,
If it were me, I would cancel the surgery and give another go at the normal weight loss. YOU CAN'T UNBREAK AN EGG! You can't undo the surgery once it is done, and you have to bear the burden of maintaince for the rest of your life!

30 lbs in 6 mos is a good achievement! Don't let that Dr disrespect your effort!

Julie I pray you find peace with whatever decision you make.

Blessings to you and yours.


jujeecat 2011-05-13 03:55:25 -0500 Report

The Doctor is great, and he is not doing the surgery but is treating me for my many illnesses, all but a few will be gone once surgery is done. And I have gotten second, third, fourth and fifth opinions on my health and the surgery. I have also worked in the medical field for many years before I became disabled. I have thought this over for a long time and done a lot of research. I have been extremely fat my whole life. The only way I can lose weight is to starve myself, which causes more illnesses including some infections I almost died from. And there would also be maintainence if a person can lose weight on there own. But the only real maintainence is vitamins, and once healed I will be able to eat more than I do now. So I've made my decision and will be having surgery on Monday. Thank you for caring, its nice to know people are there for you.

carithers 2011-04-26 21:13:13 -0500 Report

I talked with my regular medical doctor and he was not happy.I will be going to another diabetic doctor.

ravenmoon33 2011-04-25 18:00:33 -0500 Report

What alot of people don't know about LAPband surgery is that some studies show that 90% of patients have complications to the surgery. It is so great that you are doing it on your own! I think its the dumbest thing i've ever heard to "force" someone to have weightloss surgery. You should find a new doctor and in my opinion that doctor should be drug out in the street and shot (but that's just my opinion) the mental aspect of having any kind of surgery is huge and should be a well thought out process and agreeed upon by all parties and SHAME on your doctor!

Somoca 2011-05-12 18:32:47 -0500 Report

That surgery scares me to death. I only know of three cases. 1. lost 80 lbs and 2 mos. later passed. the second one was in the hospital 6 mos after the surgery , he was in so much pain. and the third, she thought if she lost the weight people would like her more, come to find out that it wasn't the weight that made her unlikable, it was her nasty attitude even after she had the surgery.

I rather just exercise.

theladyiscrazy 2011-04-25 13:26:26 -0500 Report

My doc mentioned it BUT I decided to try some things on my own. I don't want surgery and after speaking with individuals who have actually had the surgery (including the stapling one), I would rather avoid that route.

carithers 2011-04-25 19:47:01 -0500 Report

My doctor did not offer me anything else. like telling me that I should try to lose weight first then if I could not, have the lap bandHe als ohe demanded that I go to class in three weeks to learn about it. I was so upset I started walking,I have protein shakes,lots of Yoplus had smaller portions and prayed a lot.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2011-04-24 23:50:04 -0500 Report

Good for you, indeed. Often it's the reverse…the doctor trying to convince the patient to do all possible to lose weight by means other than surgery. I applaud your outlook and determination. And your seeming success! Keep at it!

MAYS 2011-04-24 18:01:23 -0500 Report

I agree with Gabby.
Sharing your method may help someone else who may be torn between Lap Band Surgery and trying to lose weight on their own.
I believe that surgery should be a "last resort" decision for anything.


carithers 2011-04-25 19:57:27 -0500 Report

My doctor had said the insurance was letting it go thur and it was easy and it sound like it was about the money.My regular doctor was not happy.

GabbyPA 2011-04-24 17:54:51 -0500 Report

Good for you! And what changes did you make to help you loose that weight? We are always looking for good tips.

carithers 2011-04-25 20:21:05 -0500 Report

I started walking breakfast sometimes protein shakes my snacks yoplus with probiotics it also has fiber.lots of water flatbread crackers instead of bread smaller portions. I want to add salads and new attitude about my health. I could not understand how I let things get that bad for him to be able to want me to get lap band surgery? I am making a life change…

carithers 2011-04-24 16:50:51 -0500 Report

Did you have the surgery?

MAYS 2011-04-24 17:41:55 -0500 Report

I have never had a weight problem other than being tall and thin as a child.
I just believe in helping others when it comes to gathering information on various subjects, I hope that this has been somewhat helpful to you.


MAYS 2011-04-24 16:41:32 -0500 Report

Here you are!



Lowest mortality rate

Least invasive surgical approach

No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal re-routing



Lowest operative complication rate

Low malnutrition risk



Slower initial weight loss than Gastric Bypass or BPD

Regular follow-up critical for optimal results

Requires an implanted medical device

In some cases, effectiveness can be reduced due to band slippage

In some cases, the access port may leak and require minor revisional surgery


These links may be helpful.


jujeecat 2011-05-12 18:27:26 -0500 Report

those I know who had lap-band have gained all weight back. problem being that it has to be adjusted constantly and if you don't get more gel put in it just continues to be open so that you can eat as much as you want.

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