Throwing up after lap band surgery
on 6/3/12 3:01 pm
Im not trying ot be mean , however I wish someone would hvae told me this is how it was gonig to be when i had my band BEFORE I had my band.
on 6/3/12 3:10 pm
You probably have very little or no saline in your band HOWEVER, your stomach still has an object wrapped around it, so you probably are feeling a tad bit of restriction.
FOLLOW the guidelines. If you follow the guidelines and eat slowly and chew thoroughly, you'll be OK, but the band is not everyone. It's going to require that you have self control and self discipline when you're eating.
You can do it. It takes discipline, but once your mind and body get used to it you will not have problems keeping up with the changes.
Use MyFitnessPal.com to log everything you eat so you can really see what you are doing.
Good luck! We are here for you!
on 6/3/12 5:47 pm
In fact, tonight, at about 8 months post-op, we went to a steakhouse. I ordered the small fillet...you know I STILL cut the first piece off as I would have PRIOR to surgery. I literally had to stop and stare at that piece of steak on my fork and thought "There is no way that's going down and going to stay in my stomach--no matter how much I chew!" I re-grouped my thoughts and decided that I would have to thinly slice each piece of steak that I was going to eat.
It's hard to explain, but it really does come down to TRAINING yourself how to eat in a totally different way.
Tiny, tiny bites, very, very slowly--be it a piece of steak or piece of broccoli or bite of a baked potato.
It's hard. And it's easy to "forget" the way you need to eat.
on 6/4/12 1:37 am
Also lap banders can no longer vomit from the lower stomach and it is not gross nasty vomiting with acid like pre op. Bansters barf is called Productive Burping, because all food goes in the upper pouch initially and if you get food stuck it comes right back up undigested and not real vomiting.
Here are some tips to avoid vomiting....
1. For starters if your band is too tight you WILL vomit more often regardless of how you chew. You may need to get a small amount of saline removed
2. Chew your food to mush and wait until it goes down, avoid thick bread, rice and bananas when your band is tightly restricted.
3. Make sure you are hydrated, your food will go down easier if you constantly drink room temperature water prior to a meal.
4.Listen to you body and signals of being full, they can be a hiccup, sigh,burp or runny nose, these are your signs to stop eating, the band will never stop you , but help you pull back from the table, if you continually eat too much to the point of getting food stuck or if you continually eat too fast, this cause issues.
Everyone WILL get stuck on occasion with the band no one is perfect and we all make mistakes, I've gotten food stuck plenty of times, but it is not every single day and I rarely vomit. Again, like I mentioned before PBing and getting food stuck should be a rare mistake not an every day several times a day occurrence, I am here to give you advice, not to sugar coat or lie to you, I am hear to help...remember I've had my band almost 7 years and I've seen and heard it all.
on 6/4/12 12:18 pm, edited 6/4/12 12:21 pm
on 6/4/12 5:40 am
By the Way--congrats on your 70 lbs weight loss!!
And please understand that I am not being judgmental, but your situation is concerning.
on 6/4/12 5:43 am
on 6/4/12 1:19 pm
I've seen some post on here they walk with their arms up as well. I asked the nurse if I should drink water and she said no, that can make it worse and lead to vomitting. I have seen some here comment sipping a warm tea or drink helps.
Best of luck.
on 6/4/12 6:57 am
You said " I have found that I can be eating and be fine and all of a sudden it feels like a rock just dropped into my stomach. Does that mean I'm not following the diet? No, it is just the way my body reacts and after over a year post op I am trying to learn before hand how much to eat before that happens."
I am here to tell you that never changes, that " one too much feeling" comes up all of a sudden then you throw up .. that throwing up or Productive bupring " people like to call it WILL SLIP a band !
I understand your asking for help when this happens .. What can you posisbly do ? Some people use pineapple juice or papaya enymes they never worked for me though .
you might try that. I just ask this . you do not be so naive that think that band slipps are not the norm and that throwing up is suppose to happen with the band, NEITHER is true !
Read the good , the bad , the ugly and the truth about my lap band journey !
on 6/4/12 8:08 am
I guess I missed some of your post and I am actually alarmed by your comments:
I am not worried at all about band slippage because it isn't that often nor do I feel that I am going to be a complication stat.
Well...if you are not worried about band slippage due to frequent vomiting you are more naive than I thought. DO you know the lap band has about a 40 percent complication rate? And of that 40 percent 30 percent are from lap band slippage DUE TO FREQUENT VOMITING..IT'S REAL AND HAPPENS TO A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE....My own lap band almost slipped 5 years ago when I was accidentally filled too tight and drove to Florida on vacation and my vacation was a nightmare because I spent most of the time slimming, with reflux and frothing at the mouth...when I finally got home to see my surgeon a week later, my pouch was dilated and about to slip...my band was saved because I got immediate help...also I had another incident where I experienced nightly reflux and my band almost slipped again...it was saved again by immediately getting saline removed....and trust me I am very careful with my band and don't abuse it....SO if you think you are immune to band slips ...let's see how well you do in about 1-2 more years of as you say...of vomiting to get rid of food being stuck frequently.
You also mentioned:
Many throw up on a regular basis with the band. Is it healthy? No, but then again it is something they have to learn to live with because of the band. The band can actually cause vomiting for people that have it. I read about it constantly. I have 6 cc in my band and have done great. ---
Hmm..everyone that I've known over the years that PB'd several times a day/week no longer have a band....so I guess your friends are early out and NOT over 5 years post op.
First of all: if you have the band and never got the "full sooner, full longer" part as has happend with many of us, it is HARD to limit what you eat. It's just like BEFORE you got the band.
Second of all: DON'T BE TRYING TO THROW UP! It's not healthy. Throwing up is your body doing what it needs to do when the food can not be processed. Don't try to initiate this.
Now my take on what you are saying is different from Mindy's. From Mindy's band experience I think she would get sick when she ate and felt the need to throw up and sometimes couldnt. I think she thinks you are experiencing the same thing.
My interpretation of what you have said is that it is psychological (and correct me if I am wrong!). That you fell guilty b/c you have eatten more than you should have and that b/c of that you want to throw it up.
The band doesn not work for many ppl. It doesn't seem to be working for you, but I really think you need to talk to someone about these psychological issues that you are having. I would suggest you speak to a psychologist that deals with eating disorders. I would also suggest you speak to you Dr. about your band issues. Is revision a possibility? If so, I would still suggest the counceling first.