How much can you lose with lap band
As much as you want and are prepared to work for. I lost my 109lbs in 15+ months, many have lost more. The joy of the band is that we can always get a fill and keep on losing. But do your research - you do have to work harder yourself with the band.
Highest 290, Banded - 248 Lowest 139 (too thin!). Comfort zone 155-165.
Happily banded since May 2006. Regain of 28lbs 2013-14. ALL GONE!
But has returned! Off we go again,
on 7/26/09 11:01 am
For concrete examples, my dad (who had the band) is 8 months out and has lost 85 pounds. Since four months out of surgery, he has been steadily losing 2 pounds per week.
My mom, on the other hand, is 9 months out after having bypass and has lost 100 pounds. Her weightloss, however, has stopped and she's struggling to suppress her bad eating habits as it becomes more possible to eat. (while my dad i****ting his prime state for weight loss).
My friend at work is three years out after having the band and is maintaining a weight of 135 at 5'6". She started out at 285. So she has lost 150 and kept it off! Keep in mind, however, that she walks 25 miles per week to get her exercise.
Both surgeries are just a tool. YOU are ultimately the one who will make the weight loss a long-term success.
on 7/26/09 11:11 am
Obesity Help Support Group Leader
"On the lighter side" Everyone and anyone welcome!
Hi there. 200 pounds is a lot to lose. Restriction-only surgeries, like the band, tend to be less successful the more weight you have to lose. Have you researched the duodenal switch? Many people have surgery without knowing the DS exists as another option.
Like RnY, DS combines restriction, which allows you to lose the weight, and malabsorption to keep the weight off. Instead of disconnecting the stomach and creating a pouch, DS simply reduces the size of the stomach to create restriction. You end up with a fully functional, but smaller stomach. The second part of the DS is an intestinal bypass which creates malabsorption, and keeps the weight off. Of all the weight loss surgeries, it has the best statistics for the greatest amount of weight lost and kept off long term. You may have seen from the boards that weight regain is a huge issue with gastric bypass AND lap band - not so with DS, because we only absorb 20% of the fat we eat, and about 60% of the protein and complex carbs we eat. We can eat larger meals than lap band and RNY - what amounts to a normal, but smaller, meal. Finally, for me, it had the most attractive postop way of life with NO dieting, NO counting fat or calories, NO dumping, NO vomiting, NO foamies, NO stuff getting "stuck" and NO chewing food into mush. DS has the best resolution of comorbidities like diabetes, sleep apnea, etc., An added bonus is that the portion of the stomach that is removed is the portion which produces most of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, so you are less hungry postop.
The keys to DS are these few, very critically important rules:
1. You must eat at least 90 grams of protein every day;
2. You must take your vitamins and supplements every day;
3. You must drink at least 64 ounces of water every day; and
4. You must get regular lab work to make sure you are taking enough vitamins.
Most of us watch our carbs during the weight loss phase because we absorb 100% of simple carbs like sugar and it can slow the weight loss. Most of us also can't go hog wild on carbs after we reach goal, but no food is off limits in moderation, as long as we have no individual intolerance to it. Many of us get stinky gas when we eat certain carbs, like those with white flour such as bread and pasta. However, gas is certainly an issue with RnY also. And our poop smells pretty bad, but whose doesn't? That's pretty much it. Sound too good to be true? That's what I thought too, but the DS is the best decision I ever made!
I should caution you that if your surgeon does not perform the DS, as most don't, he/she is likely to give you incorrect information and repeat some myths about the DS to scare you away from it to retain a paying customer. We've heard story after story after story about the lies perpetuated by the medical community due to their ignorance about DS, or their efforts to keep you from walking out the door. Check out www.dsfacts.com and www.duodenalswitch.com for more information, and hang out on the DS forum here on OH to ask any questions you have. Also be sure to check out the Revisions forum here on OH. You'll see there lots of folks revising to DS from other surgeries. There are NO folks revising FROM DS to anything else. I think that speaks volumes.
You CAN lose 100% of your excess weight. Realistically, the 'average' is around 50%.
But the question that you really NEED to be asking is "What form of WLS will help ME take off and KEEP off the greatest per centage of my excess weight?" In order to answer that question, you need to research 'em all, and take a good, honest look at your personal strengths and weaknesses, and the lifelong eating habits you've formed (and most likely tried to change before, every time you started a new diet).
By the time I chose WLS, I'd figured out that I wasn't ever going to make a big change in my eating habits voluntarily. And I didn't want to be 'punished' for putting the so-called 'wrong thing' in my mouth. So I chose the form of WLS that would repair my metabolism and allow me to eat like normal-sized people generally do.
At 5.5 years post-op, I'm maintaining my lowest ever adult weight, and I'm eating just like all the 'normal' people around me---except I never worry about my cholesterol, blood sugar levels, or count calories.
I lost 132# with the band but it nearly killed me in the meantime so I revised to another procedure.
Statistically speaking higher BMI people will not do well with the band. It really does a better job for very low BMI people such as 27-32 or so. If you are an average person you will likely keep half your excess weight off by the end of 5 years. If you lose half your excess weight I believe with your stats you'll still be obese. Most of us want to get to goal and lose all the excess pounds.
I think you really need to consider what type of food issues you have. Quantity? Grazing? Food types? Sugar?
I have been banded, I would not get another and I could never suggest the band for someone with 200# to lose. I think you would find it is much harder than you think. I'm not referring to hard work, any of us can pitch in and exercise, etc., I'm referring to the sliming, the stuck episodes, the days and days of liquids because it's too tight, it slipped, something that affects restriction.
If you can handle being on liquids a LOT, a band might work for you but the quality of life isn't typically there for long.
Banding provides the lowest weight loss, the slowest weight loss, and the highest regain. The long term complications are quite high and very significant.
Research ALL the surgery types and be very honest with yourself of what you can and cannot do. There is no WLS type that is a perfect fit for everyone. Don't pay attention to noobs when they tell you how much they love their band, sleeve, bypass, or DS. Only talk to vets that have had to live with their surgery type long term. ALL noobs love their surgery type and their surgeon. Talk to those that have been successful with weight loss and are maintaining. You'll get a much better balance of opinions.
Please look into the DS. It's the best procedure going, especially for people who have very large amounts of weight to lose. I'd like to invite you to look at my profile and to come visit us on the DS board to learn more about it.
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