Can your lapband pouch stretch?
But i've read a few different places people talking about how they don't want to stretch their band pouch out?
Is this really possible?
What damage can be done if it DOES stretch?
How does is become stretched?
And can it go back to normal?
Wow..just never really thought of this. And now im kinda afraid of messing up my weight loss attempt if i ever "over do" it...
Actually, the band does not slip or move since it is sutured into place, but you can cause your stomach to slip up into your esophogus --- and cause a dialation.
Usually the first part of treatment is to completely unfill your band and then see if things will 'settle' on their own -- and then start to slowly re-fill --- this whole process can take a few months.
Once you have experienced this, it is much more likely that it will happen again -- and can lead to having your band removed if it becomes chronic, or if things do not settle on their own.
Eating too much (repeatedly) can really mess things up.
Congrats on the weight loss.
HW:274 SW:238 CW: 150.0 1St goal: 199.8 2nd goal:174 (100 pound lost)
My Persoanl Goal: (HIgh)150 (Low)140
1st goal acheived December 27th/2010. 1 week after my 3rd month surgery anniversary.
2nd goal acheived June 4th/2011. 2 weeks after my 8th Month Surgiversary.
Gall Bladder surgery April 12,2012
You can either believe it will happen.....or believe it won't. Both are self fulfilled prophesies. For Me it has happened. My Surgery was September 21/2010
If a pouch dialation is detected, (only visible by floro or and upper GI), the protocol is to empty the band so food will pass through easily in hopes that the elastic stomach material will snap back in place. If caught early enough it usually will, but if you've abused your pouch over a long period it may not go back all the way. The other thing that can happen is that you over-fill your pouch so much that food is backing up into your esophogus which can also cause the same thing to happen there which is called an esophogeal dialation.
The bottom line and key to keeping your pouch small, like it's intended to be, is to keep your portion size to less than 1 coup of food at each meal or less than 4 ounces.
Portion control is important in so many ways for the band patient!
You're doing great btw! Congratulations on your WL!
Hope this helps
What about the foods that lets you keep on eating..like chips...ice cream...etc....will that stretch your band as well??? Or no because it slides right through?
Not that i want to sabotage ANYTHING. I guess im just trying to get my facts straight.