LAP-BAND SURGERY

ARKAWANA
By ARKAWANA Latest Reply 2011-05-28 21:37:19 -0500
Started 2010-01-18 15:46:56 -0600

I AM 59 AND THINKING ABOUT LAP-BAND SURGERY FOR WEIGHT LOSS. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT IT WILL HELP Y TYPE 2 DIABETES & I COULD GET OFF MOST OF MY MEDS. HAS ANYONE HAD THIS DONE AND WHAT WERE YOUR RESULTS? ARKANSAS GRANDMOM


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cheetah1976
cheetah1976 2011-05-28 21:37:19 -0500 Report

I had this done November 18, 2010. I have not had much success with weightlose or getting off insulin. Do not suggest. It is a big commentment. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me.

Iroquois
Iroquois 2010-01-19 12:08:11 -0600 Report

I don't know about lap band but a friends mom just passed away from complications of bypass surgery. She had - had it quite a while ago but she started filling up with fluid and they couldn't get it under control. I feel that if GOD wanted us to mess with these kind of things he would have had us born with them. I just don't feel they are safe. What did they do in the old days and those old timers don't go through half what we all go through. You can do just as much with diet and exercise and don't cost anything. Best of luck with what decision you make. Kathy

dyanne
dyanne 2010-01-19 00:15:35 -0600 Report

I m someone who has researched bariatric surgery for about the last 6 years or more. I still have not done it. Just remember with any procedure there is no magic bullet… u can still eventually gain weight back, you have to be ready to be very complaint. With the lap band i have known people who have down great and people who have not lost much at all… it is much easier to cheat depending on getting your fills done which is something u will have to do forever. With gastric bypass yes they have the best weight loss results loosing most of the weight in the first 6 to 8 months. This is the surgery with the most problems. There is no mal absorption u need supplements forever and some people do become very anemic and I have seen many women with a lot of hair loss. You cant eat sugar with this surgery or u will get very sick with what is known as dumping syndrome they say most people try it at least once but never want to feel like that again. They say it feels like having a very low sugar along with throwing up and diarrhea and it can last for hours or longer and nothing u can do. There is a newer procedure available which is the one I would do it is called the gastric sleeve… it has better results then lap band… u loose a bit slower then gastric but u do absorb vitamins… u can also get away with eating sugar without getting sick so u have to be in good control. The only thing because it is fairly new most inc, wont cover it. My only advice is do your homework very carefully and join a bariatric support group for people who have had it or are thinking about it. That is where u will learn the most. The hospitals that do this surgery should know of such support groups. By the way I know a women who had the sleeve done and she has lost 150 lbs I think she was about 300 and about 58 years old. Good luck and I hope I helped with some of my info,
hugs dyanne

Me2
Me2 2010-02-04 21:43:11 -0600 Report

Lap-band surgery does not remove ANY part of ANY organ. The gastric sleeve procedure is the removal of a little more that half of the stomach so that it takes the shape of a tube or sleeve. It is performed through laparoscopy and requires stapling and resecting though it does not require any anastomoses or rerouting. Also, unlike the other surgeries, Lap-band surgery is reversable.

Me2
Me2 2010-01-18 21:55:38 -0600 Report

Hi there! I have had the lap-band surgery and it is the best decision I've ever made. I had the surgery a year ago…starting at 235pounds and am now 155pounds and feel wonderful. Yes, there are some who don't have success but that is because they don't eat solid foods…they rely on cookies, soups, icecream to "trick" the band as those foods slip right thru so you do not get that feeling of being full. As for myself, my general doctor is saying I will likely go off my metformin very soon according to my A1C tests. This was the main purpose for having the surgery…to get healthy again. My insurance wouldn't cover it (they said I didn't weight enough)but I am fortunate to have had the funds to pay for it myself. I wish you good luck in whatever decision you make and wish you health this new year. Hugs…

Me2
Me2 2010-01-18 21:57:31 -0600 Report

P.S. I have not had ANY negative side effects from the surgery…only positive ones.

dancing girl
dancing girl 2010-01-18 23:05:14 -0600 Report

Hey just wanted to let you know that i started classes for the gastric bypass i started about five months aga … I am getting excited cant wait to get skinny… I have been going to my local support group and that has helped alot…

justgeo1
justgeo1 2010-01-18 19:29:57 -0600 Report

My wife had the Lap-Band surgery and has lost over 100lb. I don't think her numbers are all that much better, but with the reduced intake, she isn't having any new problems. The surgery went extremely well for her.

ARKAWANA
ARKAWANA 2010-01-18 19:32:55 -0600 Report

THANK YOU FOR SAYING SOMETHING I GO TO THE SEMIAR TOMORROW IN LITTLE ROCK,AR. I HAVE FOUGHT WEIGHT ALL MY LIFE. I AM HEALTHY BUT FOR MY WEIGHT. I USE TO SAY I AM HEALTHY AS A HORSE AND BUILT LIKE A QUARTER HORSE. THANKS AGAIN

SkipT
SkipT 2010-01-18 18:44:57 -0600 Report

My sister-in-law and I were diagnosed as Type 2 at about the same time (3 and a half years ago). We were both over weight. She had lap band done as I started my low carb diet. As of today she has lost 40 lbs and had a lot of complications, plus medical costs of over 15,000 dollars. I on the other hand lost 77lbs and got off metformin and actos and control through diet and exercise only. And it didn't cost me anything.

ARKAWANA
ARKAWANA 2010-01-18 19:28:50 -0600 Report

HOW OLD WAS YOUR SISTER IN LAW? DID SHE HAVE OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS BEFORE THE LAP-BAND?? I AM HEALTHY EXCEPT FOR MY WEIGHT.

Janney
Janney 2010-01-18 19:35:25 -0600 Report

Kudos to Skip for losing 77 lbs. without surgery. I also had contemplated lap band surger but insurance will not pay for it so I decided to "Do it My Way". I've been watching my carbs and portions, exercise 4-5 times a wk and have lost 12 lbs in 2 wks.

Me2
Me2 2010-01-18 21:44:09 -0600 Report

That is great for all of you. Especially if you can do it on your own, but not all of us can:( so we use other measures. From what I understand, complications are very rare in lap-band surgery but are more prevailent in gastric by-pass surgery. But of course there can be complications to any surgery and also complications on dieting as well. I also did the low-carb diet and did very well with losing weight but then started having cholestrol problems (which I hear is not suppost to happen on Atkins) so quit and gained the weight back (as what happens when you stop dieting). But as far as I'm concerned…whatever works for you is wonderful! Like the saying goes "different strokes for different folks." Keep up the good work and stay healthy. Hugs…

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-01-18 16:09:42 -0600 Report

My cousin had this done and didn't lose anything. From all I have read the lap-band doesn't work as well as the bypass. The bypass is the one that claims that it cures 95% of diabetics. I wanted to have it done, but insurance won't pay for it and can't afford it.

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-01-18 15:58:29 -0600 Report

A relative had the surgery done and she has lost over 100#.
She has had many other medical problems since her surgery
that her Internist thinks are side effects of the surgery. Consider
and read all the information you can before going forward.

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