Lap Band

By sisson Latest Reply 2009-05-02 13:49:33 -0500
Started 2008-12-10 15:01:39 -0600

I would like some imput on the Lap Band!!! See sence the doctors have change my meds I have gained around 45 pd I am ashame to say and one of my doctors told me that I should think about it but I am deepley afried of going under the knif again in my 47 years of life I have had 6 sugerys and I don't like being put to sleep! So can I get some help!!!! Penny

Tags: weight loss

17 replies

Monique - 21071
Monique - 21071 2009-02-07 20:19:34 -0600 Report

WEll I have had my lap band surgery, and so far so good. It has been 2 weeks since my surgery, and I have not been sick, have not thrown up. It has been really good so far. You never feel hungry, and it has been really nice so far. I have lost almost 20 pounds so far. That is within a 1month time periosd. That is including the 2 weeks before surgery that you are on liquids till now. So, I would reccomend it so far. So far so good. I have not had any problems eating any foods so far. You can't eat that much. I eat about maybe a cup full of food at a time. So I reccomend it.


rbergman 2009-02-07 20:24:14 -0600 Report

Glad to hear it is working for you so far!

highlandcitygirl 2009-02-07 20:44:18 -0600 Report

it would probably be the only way i would stop eating!lol! i am happy that it is working for you. my daughter had gastric bpass over five years ago, it has so far worked out really well for her. i wouldn't do it myself, as i am a binge eater.

SkipT 2009-01-15 18:46:23 -0600 Report

First, without causing any fighting let me say that this is my opinion only. So I am not trying to stop anyone from having the surgery.
This is something I have very strong feelings about. A few people who have had the surgery have not do well because they find out that they are actually food addicts. If you still over eat after the surgery you will just undo it. My sister-in-law had it done at the same time I was diagnosed with type 2. It the next year I lost 77 lbs on a low carb diet and she only lost 32 lbs. I think that the amount you can eat is not good for anyone. You have to take supplements to keep up your health. You are very restricted in what you can eat. There has been no long term studies done to see what the results of this is on an extended basis.
Anyway, if anyone does decide to have this done I wish them well.

2catty 2009-01-15 22:31:27 -0600 Report

Yeah a lot of people definetly need to seek counseling even after the surgery because they may have other issues at hand also.

Monique - 21071
Monique - 21071 2009-01-17 15:56:53 -0600 Report

Skip you are right…You have to be mentally ready for this, because it is a life change. If you are not mentally ready to change then YES the surgery will not be right for you.

Monique - 21071
Monique - 21071 2009-01-15 18:25:38 -0600 Report

I am having the lap band on Jan 25th. Now two of the ladies from my job had it, and they have had wonderful success. They both were over 200 pounds, and have lost almost to 60-80 pounds within a years time. They told me it was the best decision they ever made. It is a life change, because you will not be able to eat like you use too, and 2 weeks before surgery you have to be on a liquid diet, which sucks. It is worth it for me. I am Type 2 diabetic. I am looking forward to it.

Now the insurence part is a pain in the ass. I have tried with Etna, which is horrible, and now I have Blue cross Blue shield. Now it depends on which one you have, but they approved me quickly without all the hassle. I have tried getting approved before with Etna, and had no luck. But I have Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. They approved me without a diatician, and all this stuff you have to go through. So…It depends on the insurance company.

I will let you know how it goes for me. I am on my 3rd day of being on Liquid diet. Being on liquid diet is a true test of how motivated you are to change.

One more thing. With them putting the Saline in you…Most people say they don't feel hungry, and they have to make themselves eat. I am the type where I can do better on my diet when my appetite is not so huge.

2catty 2009-01-15 18:37:03 -0600 Report

Good luck on your journey Monique. I think you will feel so much better and your b/g will too. I haven't had one, but I know someone that has and he has lost 197lbs so far. He feels like a new man. They say I am not heavy enough for one but I would still like to have one just to help me get rid of the weight I need to. They have me on a lot of insulin which is making me gain and keep the weight on. It is very frustratiing to me. But I wish you the best of luck.

Punkie200 2008-12-11 07:32:38 -0600 Report

I had the Lap-Band surgery August 18, 2008. So far, I have lost 35 lbs. I go to support group meeting once a month and they help a lot. I have so far not had any problems. Just remember you need to exercise with this as with anything else. My husband purchased the Wii and got me the program Wii fit. It is wonderful. I can do it in the privacy of my own home any time I wish to do so. Best of luck.

2catty 2008-12-11 11:08:09 -0600 Report

I have a friend that was severely overweight and had it done. He did not have any complications is a average sized man now and his health is better than it ever has been. He feels great. But this is him. Everybody takes it differently, has anyone read the article just released about how this surgery cures diabetes? I just read it yesterday. I personally would have one if I was overweight enough. But that is me, don't go by what anyone tells you. It is a personal choice and you and you only can make up your mind. But it is nice to have advice and personal experiences to help isn't it? The Dr. that wrote the article by the way is Dr. Michael A. Snyder, M.D.,FACS. Good luck. I'm sure you'll do what's best.

Avera 2008-12-10 22:14:42 -0600 Report


I am also afraid of being put to sleep. My fear came from having a bad reaction to the medication they put me to sleep with. I needed some surgery and was putting it off because of this fear. I finally told my doctor about it, he got me an appointment with the doctor at the hospital that puts you to sleep. He promised to put me to sleep while I was in my room before they took me to the operating room. He sent this little grey haired lady to my room that morning with a shot for me. She was so nice and before she even got that shot done, I was out. lol I never even remember going to the operating room. It was the easiest time I have ever had with surgery. Talk to your doctor about this.


dyanne 2008-12-11 01:34:30 -0600 Report


nursienicole 2009-05-02 13:49:33 -0500 Report

The gastric sleeve is an option, but unfortunately most insurance plans will not cover it. Some still do not cover the lap band. I myself had a lap band and lost about 60 pounds with it but my body kept rejecting the device, which is a possibility with the sleeve as well as it is an artificial device placed within your body. After my lap band came out I had a gastric bypass and have lost another 40 lbs since that time (3 months out from the bypass). I have about 50 more that I would like to lose, but I can say that I am very very happy with my bypass and would do it again in a second. I am a nurse and did a lot of research before both procedures. I knew the risks are plentiful but the risks of keeping a BMI of 48 was just as dangerous. Now I can run, play, move and breath as well as having much better control of my diabetes ( I have had T1 since I was 7). If anyone has questions I would be happy to share my knowledge and experience. This is definitely a very personal decision, and not one to be made lightly, but for anyone who has struggled for a long time and is serious about getting healthier I am definitely an advocate.

potter - 27370
potter - 27370 2008-12-10 20:13:12 -0600 Report

Unsure what a lap band is. Sounds like gastric bypass. Seen a comerical on the television, That doctor invented instead of the gastric bypass its a bar you eat before meals with water which fills you up so you eat less. I'll have to get the name for you.

Anonymous 2008-12-10 19:16:51 -0600 Report

Call your local hospital or clinic where the surgery will be done and they should have a seminar you can attend to discuss the surgery, the afterwards and the insurance. Also, some insurance companies require that you make an effort to loose weight that can be documented like Weight Watchers or a protein diet from your doctor. Some insurance require a 20 lbs loss before scheduling surgery. I quess it shows good faith and your determination. i know all of this because one of my friends is going through it now. she has had extensive testing, pschologiacal testing, and a battery of tests, blood work, x-rays. It has taken about 6 months. And she is now scheduled for January surgery. And if you like coke or coffee you must come off all cafeeine 2 weeks before surgery. That would be hard for me. I love my coffee. But her doctor said that the day after surgery she will no longer need her diabetes meds. But for me it is just too much to go through. I do not do well with surgery.

GabbyPA 2008-12-10 17:37:24 -0600 Report

I know this seems like the "best" way to deal with weight gain, but now that my friend who underwent gastric bypass several years ago is having complications that are now becoming life threatening, I would be hesitant. I realize the lap band is much less invasive and I would feel safer doing that, but it is still messing with how the body works and worries me.

Ask lots and lots of questions of your doctor and talk to people who have had it for more than 5 years. My friend developed her complications 6 years later.

Also, make sure if your insurance company will pay for the initial surgery, that they will also cover any complications that might come later. My friend's insurance has denyed her the repair make sure yours would cover that.

It is a very personal decision. There are great success with it and even a suspension of your diabetic symptoms, but it is always a risk to weigh carefully.

Next Discussion: shacking »