Gastric Sleeve or Lap Band

By SiserinOrlando Latest Reply 2014-12-03 01:47:29 -0600
Started 2014-10-11 11:52:54 -0500

Hello everyone,
This is my first time in any kind of forum to deal with my Type 2 Diabetes. I am obese and according to my pcp if I got a bariatric procedure, there is a possibility I could stop taking my medications (which by the way, my pcp seems to have to increase every time I take new labs). So, I have been researching both the LapBand and the Gastric Sleeve and wanted an opinion of someone who have experience with either of these two procedures.
Thank you in advance!

3 replies

vensa 2014-10-31 15:59:32 -0500 Report

Dear Siserin, I'd suggest to have a peek at Obesity Connect community discussion too. There are multiple threads discussing laparoscopic bariatric surgery procedures, with pros/cons and first hand experiences. Some of them, what I've noticed had some pleasant results with regards to DM, but looks very individual based. All the best!

jayabee52 2014-10-11 22:40:53 -0500 Report

Howdy Orlando

If you want my recommendation I would recommend that you DO NOT go under the scapel! They cannot give you an absolute guarantee that you will get rid of your diabetes.

I would recommend a radical lifestyle change (not a mere "diet") much like the one I underwent 3 yrs ago. I changed my way of eating and I had been injecting insulin 2x a day, but after that I kept my B G (blood glucose) levels in the "normal" (80 to 130 mg/dl) achieved an A1c of 5.5% and also lost 65 lbs over 5 mo time.

I did it by eating a high protein and low carb (not no carb) meal plan, where I discontinued eating bread or grain products of any kind. I am still on that meal plan, 3 + yrs later I have written that plan as a discussion here on DC and will send you the link should you wish to see and maybe even try it.

I would prefer you not go under the scalpel also because once the surgery is complete there is no way to change it.

I have had friends who underwent the surgery and one lady friend in particular had excellent success initially. She even got the surgery to rid her of excess skin. But as time passed she seemed to grow bigger and bigger.

Now several years post surgery she has put back on about 75% of the weight she had originally. Seems she could not stick with the restrictions her new digestive tract imposed upon her. And yes she had the pre surgery mental health assessment. Her meals were limited to 4 oz per meal. I guess that was not enough for her, so she would eat more than the 4 oz and stretched the pouch they had created for her stomach. Now she's rather heavy again and there's nothing they can do for her surgically.

I would avoid surgery. Once the surgery is done there's nothing more which can be done. Kind of like Humpty Dumpty can't be put back together again. I urge you to think of surgery as the very LAST resort, after lifestyle changes.

To your better health


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