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Lap band Negatives

Katiana R.
on 6/27/06 12:12 pm - Valley Stream, NY
Im really considering having lap band....i decided i would have the DS but my family does not want to go through any major surgery and i know the lap is the less evasive of the WLS's. So i just wanted to know aside from having to go in for fills and losing weight at a slower pass compared to the other WLS's what are some other negative aspects. I just really what to do whats best for me but im soooo indecisive! One my mind is made up and i want DS then i start to think the lap isn't so bad. So any help you can provide would be really appreciated! Thanx **Kati**
Rachel K.
on 6/27/06 1:56 pm - moore, SC
RNY on 10/03/06 with
Well, I have never researched DS. I was tryin to choose between Lap band and RNY. I was dead set on Lap band since it was the least invasive and least risky. Well, after researching the lap band, I started to hear some horror stories about bands eroding into the stomach linings of individuals that followed all the rules and stayed on the diet. The erosion took place 2 years post op. I talked with my surgeon who performs both surgeries. He is thinking of stopping lap band because of the complications that he is seeing years after surgery. Also, the band can slip. If either the slip or the erosion occur the band has to be removed. The main deciding factor is when I found out the RNY is reversible in severe cir****tances!! My biggest fear with RNY was that it was so permanent. Well when I found out it was reversible in emergencies that gave me the peace I needed. I am in the process of surgery and hope to get the surgery in September. Good luck in making your decision. Research, research, research. You will come to a peace and know that it is the right decision. I wish you the best. Rachel
Tonia Loveslife
on 6/27/06 9:11 pm - Port Neches, TX
Revision on 05/11/06 with
I had slippage and reflux with the band. I had it fixed once due to slippage. I still had reflux so I had it taken out and had the rny. I think you should do what you want. There are negatives to all wls. You just have to figure out what is best for you. Good luck! Tonia
ladynitewolf
on 6/28/06 9:35 pm - BFE, CA
Katiana, you need to speak with Ms. Cal Culator over on the DS board. She had the lapband and then was revised to the DS. She would be able to help you out here. You've picked a good surgeon. Dr. Roslin is an excellent DS surgeon. Use his expertise to guide you along this journey.
Michele M.
on 6/30/06 5:37 pm - Arundel, ME
While there is a chance of slippage, it IS repairable. It does not mean the band MUST come out just because it slipped. Nice thing about the band is that it IS removable if anything goes wrong. It is uch less permanent then other WLS. Michele
Ms. Cal Culator
on 7/1/06 12:58 pm - Tuvalu
Kati, ALL wls's have their negatives. But on the two you are researching... Go to http://www.lapbandtalk.com and find the "Complications Board" and the "Life After Band Removal Board." And, for me losing weight "at a slower pace" would have been fine. What was NOT okay was having a screwed up esophagus, not being able to eat anything like a normal diet, and regaining the weight I did lose. I just today ran across my notes from my band-days. Seven months post-op, I had gone from a BMI of about 48 or 49 to a BMI of 39...and that's about as good as it got. For the next two years, I regained all that weight as I was able to eat less and less solid food. I am now seven months out from the DS surgery. I STILL have horrid eating habits. But in THESE seven months, my BMI has gone from 48 or 49 to a BMI of about 34 and NOW I am slowly losing weight. Age is also another issue. I'm almost 60...I don't know if I'd opt for DS if I were very young and still hadn't started a family...HOWEVER, the DS doesn't seem to be keep the DS Board people here from getting pregnant! Be honest with yourself. Are you a sweets junkie? Do you "graze," every evening, eating all the time? The band may not be as much help as you need. Learn about all of surgeries and then FORGET what your family wants...they are not going to have to live your life if you pick the wrong surgery. Sue
Katiana R.
on 7/1/06 3:05 pm - Valley Stream, NY
Thank you ALL for your comments! Please continue to post cause im always checking your comments are truly helpful! **Kati**
jenlaur1
on 7/8/06 12:01 pm - Westborough, MA
VSG on 08/19/13
Hey Kati, I have the lap band right now, but I'm in the process of converting to RNY. You can read my profile to get the whole story. Bottom line...not losing weight with the band. So, after much thought, I've decided to convert. There are people, more than you'd think, who just can't lose the weight with the band. No complications other than not losing the weight. I don't care if I lose one pound a week or 5..I just want to keep losing. So, that is why I'm opting for the bypass. Good luck in your decision and your wl journey. Take care, Cathy
Ms. Cal Culator
on 7/1/06 12:58 pm - Tuvalu
Kati, ALL wls's have their negatives. But on the two you are researching... Go to http://www.lapbandtalk.com and find the "Complications Board" and the "Life After Band Removal Board." And, for me losing weight "at a slower pace" would have been fine. What was NOT okay was having a screwed up esophagus, not being able to eat anything like a normal diet, and regaining the weight I did lose. I just today ran across my notes from my band-days. Seven months post-op, I had gone from a BMI of about 48 or 49 to a BMI of 39...and that's about as good as it got. For the next two years, I regained all that weight as I was able to eat less and less solid food. I am now seven months out from the DS surgery. I STILL have horrid eating habits. But in THESE seven months, my BMI has gone from 48 or 49 to a BMI of about 34 and NOW I am slowly losing weight. Age is also another issue. I'm almost 60...I don't know if I'd opt for DS if I were very young and still hadn't started a family...HOWEVER, the DS doesn't seem to be keep the DS Board people here from getting pregnant! Be honest with yourself. Are you a sweets junkie? Do you "graze," every evening, eating all the time? The band may not be as much help as you need. Learn about all of surgeries and then FORGET what your family wants...they are not going to have to live your life if you pick the wrong surgery. Sue
Amavin
on 7/11/06 9:37 am - Manchester, NH
I also talked to a couple people who had faulty ports, and had to have them replaced. One had the tube that runs from the port to the band leaked, lots of te*****al issues with the device that caused them to have to have it fixed, or removed. another downside I saw was the fills...if I ever change insurance (which i most definitly will) the fills wil then be out of pocket due to them being part of a pre-existing condition. For me, there just too many things that could go wrong, years later. I was dead-set on the lap band, but I am now looking at doing a Lap RNY.
maggie2006
on 7/14/06 4:54 am - Hialeah, FL
Hey Kati, Research the VSG (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy). I had it done 5 months ago, about 65 lbs lost, must most importantly....NO COMPLICATIONS! No nausea, no dumping, no nutritional deficiencies! Feel free to e-mail me, Maggie
Deb C.
on 7/21/06 8:24 am - Irmo, SC
I work for Bariatric surgeons and I have seen the complications that are with the RNY..there are a higher risk of complications with the RNY than the Band...EVERY surgery can have complications. I think before the band is judged, a person should do research..Yes there is slippage but the percentage is very low and it can be repaired... but if you compare the problems..risks...the band doesn't look so bad..if you want to see success stories..go to the LapBand message board Good luck Deb
cris35
on 8/17/06 10:18 pm - broad brook, CT
I had the lap-band surgery last month and I've lost 30#.I also have several friends who were banded last year, and they each lost a little over 100# so far.If you go to lapbandtalk.com and read the posts, you will see that there are many many success stories. A few people on the posts even lost about 300#.It's a tool, your success depends on how you use it. I feel it is working good for me. I haven't even had a fill yet, and I don't feel hungry. i know the weight loss is slower, but I opted for the band, because I just was not ready to take the risks involved with the other surgeries.
imnotevrygirl
on 9/3/06 10:55 pm
Katiana, gorgeous name by the way, I had the lap band for two years and have just recently converted to RNY 2 weeks ago. If i had it to do over again I would have NEVER gotten the band, but that doesn't mean it doesn't work for some people. The band gave me terrible acid reflux and started cells in my esophogaus, spelled wrong i'm sure, to begin converting to cancerous cells. Needless to say the band had to go! The problem is that the band creates a pouch at the top of your stomach which in turn holds the acid from the food you've just consumed right there at the bottom of your esophogaus...not good. I did lose some weight but every time the acid would mess with my band and cause another slip and I had to go unfilled for a week or two I gained back whatever I lost. So for me I'd say no to the band, but who knows maybe you would never have issues with reflux and the band would suit you fine...it's total personal decision. The one thing that I have figured out is that calorie absorption is cut in half with RNY but with the band you still have 100% absorption because nothing has been physically changed. So due to that you do lose more weight with the bypass rather than the band. Whew...lot of typing! Hope that helped. Feel free to email me if you want to go more indepth on this subject. I wish you luck with whatever you choose and I'm sure you'll be successful whatever road you choose. Amanda
wackyme
on 9/10/06 5:54 pm - NC, NC
VSG on 12/31/08 with
Katiana- I am pre-op, but going for the VSG. You really should check it out... there is a forum here that has links to FAQs and lots of info. I had considered LapBand, but when I visited the LapBand board, it seemed like all I read was things about... over-restriction, under-restriction, too tight, feeling hunger, going to a fill, just came from a fill, needing a fill, needing an UNfill, ports being sore, ports being unaccessible, feeling the port when you turn over in bed, ... yadda yadda. I saw lots of posts about frustrations with the rateof weight loss... about feeling very hungry... it just didn't feel right to me. Then I visited VSG board... much different... posts saying they had no real problems, better weight loss, posts about the lost desire to eat (i can only imagine!), yet being able to eat that special birthday cake or dessert (although a small amount) without vomiting. I like that. There are studies that are coming out that VSG is a great alternative to Lapband and RNY. That is my choice, and if my insurance denies it, I will fight and fight because I am not getting RNY or LB. Good luck w/your decision! Stefanie