Lap Band

By ncnurse1459 Latest Reply 2008-06-29 17:45:21 -0500
Started 2008-06-05 19:37:18 -0500

Does anyone know about the lapband device now being used for weight loss nd is it safe for diabetics ?

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Bets - 15473
Bets - 15473 2008-06-29 17:45:21 -0500 Report

I attended a seminar on lap band and gastric by-pass. From what I understood, most ins will cover it if it will improve an existing condition, such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, joint problems,etc. The Doc said with lap band the weight does not come off as fast as with gastric by-pass, but it does come off.
My ins covers if BMI is 40 and above, or if 35 - 39 and the pre-existing conditions above are present. I have been considering, but not sure. This doc offers a $25. consultation to see if you are eligible and covered.

Jazz 2008-06-24 13:17:07 -0500 Report

I am 67 years old and I am pre/opfor the lp band I have 8 more Lbs to lose before I can get It I have so many medical problems that is why I am getting It. My insurance is paying for It .I have Kaiser Insurance

morris.js 2008-06-24 13:22:55 -0500 Report

Babs, Good luck to your Mom!!
& Jazz, good luck to You also!!

I will keep you all in my prayers. Please keep us posted on your progress.


ScottInTheOC 2008-06-23 10:15:40 -0500 Report

I have been considering lap band and recently heard a report on CNN or one of the bigger news agencies where a study was recently conducted among those who had lap band surgery done. They said that in almost all cases, their diabetes was completely gone along with a significant drop in their high blood pressure. It sounded encouraging.

Babs341 2008-06-23 18:21:50 -0500 Report

My Mom is Type II & has had problems w/ her weight for many yrs. She had been oked to get the lap band & is so excited.

Hope all goes well, Best Wishes to You..


bricksee 2008-06-17 02:35:11 -0500 Report

My cardiologist wanted me to get a by-pass - have gastro problems already so don't think that is feasible. I'm already 65 and now you say that Medicare will not help with the Lap Band procedure??

Ginetteb 2008-06-17 03:39:28 -0500 Report

A few years ago I went to see a doctor to enquire about the gastric by-pass and I was already too old, so he told me. He would not do it on anyone over the age of, I think it was 60, but it might have been 62.

I too have cardiac issues and added to the diabetes, he would not touch me. He said the risks were to high.

Several years ago, I had gone to see another doctor to have the procedure done and he told me that before he would consider doing it, I had to lose 50 lbs. Welllllll…if I could lose 50 pounds on my own, I sure could lose 100, and at that point, I didn't need him at all.
So I guess they'll need an XL coffin to put me in. It looks like I'm doomed to die this size. But then again, all they'll need is a jar because I want to be cremated. It'll be the one time that I'll take so little room.

bricksee 2008-06-18 01:33:34 -0500 Report

Understand all too well - I'm in no hurry to go the "jar route" myself, but if I could lose the weight by myself (seem my current oral medications inhibit the problem somewhat), I would. Can't even go to the regular rehab after surgery, have to do water to reduce stress on my back because of stenosis, disc problems, herniations—just a mess. Did a series of epidurals, including one into the facets which helped.

morris.js 2008-06-18 01:52:55 -0500 Report

I had gastric bypass in march of 2005, within 3 months, I was off all insulin and medications for my type 2. I lost a total of 112 pounds, and have kept it off. I am now back on 2 oral meds for type 2, but not in too serious of dosages. I fought my doctor for over 2 years as he wanted me to have it, and I did not want it. I saw too much negative press on the procedure.
Now having told you of my success with it, let me also tell you of all the problems I saw others have with it. Many put the weight back on after a year or so of losing it. many had complications from the surgery and had to be reopened. many had difficulty with lots of foods after the surgery. I was truly the exception to the rule, I had NO complications, no food problems, (in fact, when I was supposed to be on my blender foods, I could not do it and went straight to steak and baked potato), and have not gained any of the weight back.
If you consider the surgery, ask your doctor about his/her personal history of patients with complications. One of the requirements before surgery was to attend some claees with those who already had the proceedure so that you could talk with them about the various issues they encountered.
For me it worked, but like I said, I was the exception to the rule.
I hope this helps. John

Ginetteb 2008-06-18 02:31:35 -0500 Report

I'm very happy for you John, however, my sister-in-law had the gastric by-pass about 2 years ago and she is having nothing but problems. She does not have diabetes, but she keeps having sugar lows, and they come un-announced. We had to call 911 on her once. She eats normally whenever we are together (don't know what she does when she's on her own) and there are a lot of foods that will make her sick. She lost about 75 lbs, but she has not budge for over a year and she is still overweight. She is not obese, but she is still fat. She had to have the surgery done twice, because the first time it was not done right. After seeing her and what she is going through, gastric by-pass is not appealing to me at all. I was willing to look at the lap-band, but the cost is not affordable to me. I am on a too tight budget. But hey, good luck to all those who want to have this done. I don't think I will. I will keep trying to lose the weight by getting cancer of the fork. I just went to the doctor's this morning and there are 3 signs that your sugar is too high: increased hunger, increased thirst and increased urination. I have all 3. He increased my intake of insulin and I am now to take the Humilin "R" a half hour before meals, and maybe if my sugar is more stable I can get rid of the hunger and diminish the portions. I guess that if I can do it this way, it's better than surgery, no matter how non-invasive it is…Ginette

morris.js 2008-06-18 03:03:45 -0500 Report

Ginette, I agree, most people have some kind of problems. I cannot stress enough that I was the exception to the rule that there will be some kind of complication. This surgery should only be considered as a last resort. Dieting and exercise is by far the best choice. I was lucky, and found a very good surgeon. His partner in the office does not have the same success as he does. Be very carefull about your choices. Ask about their ratio of successes and failures. This surgery is not to be taken lightly. In fact, it was more painfull to me than my open heart surgery a couple of years earlier. John

MaryC - 17518
MaryC - 17518 2008-06-16 06:09:40 -0500 Report

I am considering lap banding but the more serious is gastric bypass surgery that in 24 hours your diabetes is gone.

GabbyPA 2008-06-17 12:22:11 -0500 Report

I have heard this too. I was wondering if anyone had links or materials on that? I heard that if you have it reversed, it will come back as well, but that is just hear-say.

azmisty 2008-06-06 12:47:27 -0500 Report

Hi Angie:

I have done a lot of research on lap-band surgery because i was seriosly considering it for weight loss. My ins won't cover it either…but it will pay for gastric bypass…which is really crazy because it is more exp and has been noted, more invasive.

My research has turned up a lot of well documented studies that gastric bypass will definitely improve diabetes,including the piece that was done recently on 60 minutes. But I have not seen the same doc for the lapband. The few times it has been mentioned, I personally feel was to promote or sell the procedure.

Anyhow, it must be an exceptionally popular op bec yesterday I had surgery for carpal tunnel and in the short time that I was in pre-op…they preped 3 patients for lapband surgery !!

The most discouragung part was not 1 of them appeared as heavy as myself !!


Ginetteb 2008-06-06 01:39:28 -0500 Report

I asked my doctor about that and all he said was that it might be a solution for me in order to lose weight.

I called about it and found out that Medicare does not pay for it. My secondary insurance may or may not pick-up a maximum of 80% because I have a 20% co-pay. I didn't even call to find out if in fact they will or wont pay because the price for the lap band procedure is (around here anyway)$17,000. Well when I do the math, 20% of $17,000 is $3,400.00 It might as well be $3.4M. when you don't have it.

But from what I understand, it's not as invading as surgery as cuh and is very safe.

Anybody else has views on this?

nancyjc1 2008-06-23 09:06:51 -0500 Report

It is not at all invasive there is no stapling,cutting or infection like there is with stomach bypass.And nice thing there is no scars.You'll be home in 3 days.

Evilannie 2008-06-23 12:42:47 -0500 Report

I heard that Medicare will pay for it or at least according to my physician. I have the info on it but, haven't been to a seminar yet.

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