lap band update

By Me2 Latest Reply 2010-01-19 08:10:55 -0600
Started 2009-12-12 13:35:17 -0600

Well, I had my lap-band surgery a year ago and have lost 77 pounds as of today. Would you believe I've had 3 bouts of low blood sugar. I might be able to go off of my metformin soon, so sayeth the doctor…whooohooo!

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Lanore 2010-01-16 20:19:11 -0600 Report

Hi I have been thinking about talking to my Dr at my next appt about this surgery, I too gain weight when I quit smoke, and i dont like the way i look. I have always had a problem with my weight. What I'm wondering is does affect what you eat or just how much?? This is a big question for me right now for some reason. But I am seriously thinking of doing this. I would need to know if my insurance would cover it as well, which i will call about. Have you had any side effects from the surgery?? ok enough questions for now. Thank you. Lanore =-D

Me2 2010-01-18 18:03:46 -0600 Report

Hi Lenore. Good to hear from you. I have had only POSITIVE side effects from the surgery…to this day I have now lost 80 pounds and feel wonderful. It comes off slow at the beginning, but then it just seems to peel off. Yes, you are definitely limited to how much you are able to eat. You don't have to worry about it tho as your stomach will tell you when to stop. You feel sooooo full after little food. Relating it to pizza…I cannot eat a whole piece of pizza. You feel the feeling of fullness right up to your neck. I know that sounds wierd, but it's true. It's impossible to over eat but you can eat the wrong things and gain some weight back. You MUST eat solid foods. If you drink shakes, eat soups and eat icecream all the time, you'll not lose anything as it slips right thru the band. Solid foods keep you feeling full. As far as insurance goes, each insurance plan is different so you are wise to check with your agent. When I went to the lap-band surgeon for consultation, his office called my insurance company and did all the leg work to see if I would be covered. So your surgeons office will probably do the same for you. Good luck and let me know what you decide. Hugs…

Lanore 2010-01-19 08:10:55 -0600 Report

Thanks me2…i think i have decided that this is what i want to do. I will say I am not looking forward to the surgery part of it…but that goes with it. =-D
Not becaues it is the easy way out…but like you I want to feel better, look better and possibly stop the insulin I'm taking right now. I have to do 5 shots a day right now. Would love to go back to pills again. Thank you for all the info it has helped alot. I was kind of worried about what you could eat and how much. Of course i know the less you eat the better. =-D
One more question…Is the surgery same day?? Thank you again for the info. Lanore =-D

Pat D.
Pat D. 2009-12-12 19:48:26 -0600 Report

I think that is so wonderful. What made you get this band and was it a painful getting it?

Me2 2009-12-31 10:37:37 -0600 Report

The main reason I had the lap-band surgery was that I had never been that heavy. My weight had escalated by about 80 pounds, years ago, when I quite smoking and had a hysterectomy. As a result of the weight gain, and certainly poor eating habits, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. So, on top of not feeling good about myself and having to take pills for diabetes and high blood pressure, I researched both the lap-band surgery and the gastric by-pass surgery. The by-pass surgery scared me a bit so I opted for the lap-band surgery and to date have lost 80 pounds. My general doctor is elated and I have had several bouts of low blood sugars so according to my doctor, I should be able to eliminate my metformin soon as well as my high blood pressure meds. Whooooohoooo! Having the surgery is one of the best life changing decisions I've ever made. An No, there was no pain after having the surgery. Just a bit of discomfort for a couple of days.