I was on my doctors web site Dr. Ruthledge when I saw your request for help and my heart went out to you because I experienced a simular situation with my lap-band. I felt like a DUMMY TOO! My Mother died with heart failure & with diabetis, my sister was in a diabetic coma for 5 years before she died, my brother is a diabetic and I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic so I thought the lap-band was going to be the solution to my problems!
I was asked the question why do you think your lap-band failed? MY ANSWER: It failed because I am having problems with swallowing my food. I vomit constantly. Actually almost everyday with one of my meals, either breakfast, lunch or dinner! I'm having Acid Reflux problems too. Food always gets stuck in my Esophagus/Throat & clogs my stoma. Sometimes before I vomit I feel like I'm going to faint because I can bearly breathe with the food blocking my passage way. Now in order for me to eat daily without choking I MUST drink water with my food, because of course the water helps the food pass down my throat to clear my stoma, just sometimes.
I had a doctor's appointment with the surgeon that installed the lap-band in April 2010
(I won't give this doctor's name but it isn't Dr. Ruthledge) and I told him that I thought that my lap-band might of slipped and explained to him the symptoms that I was having, and he said that he didn't think it slipped because I would be in severe pain if it did. This was his opinion without even attempting to run any test.I had my lap-band put in 8/1/2008 I weighed 185 lbs. and was growing. I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic before I had my lap-band and the most weight I've lost within two years was 35 lbs. I was 150 lbs. at my lowest for ONLY 2 months. Now at the present time my weight is 175 lbs. So I paid this doctor $15,000.00 plus, for the lap-band procedure and now I am 10 lbs. away from my pre-surgery weight, I'm miserable because I am afraid to EAT, even when I am starving!
It was a blessing when I accidentally found Dr. Ruthledge's web site! I googled failed lap-band and to my surprise I discovered Dr. Ruthledge information & videos on the Mini Gastric Bypass and failed lap-band videos. The first thing I said was,
"WOW I'M NOT CRAZY AFTER ALL! LOOK AT ALL THE FAILED LAP-BAND CASES HONEY (speaking to my spouse)! I immediately started to research! After 2 months of going to his meetings and interviewing some of his patients I decided that I was going to ask Dr. Rutledge to please remove my failed lap-band before I damage my esophagus with all this vomiting and back washing of acid reflux & food that I'm suffering with.
So on 8/25/10 My WONDERFUL Dr. Ruthledge removed my lap-band and replaced it with a Mini Gastric Bypass, and guess what Dr. Ruthledge said that my lap-band did slip just like I thought it did. In spite of the bad experience with the lap-band I am happier then I have ever been with my new MGB procedure, because the food goes down smoothly without me choking and at last no more vomiting Thank God! So my advice to you in my opinion is the BEST REVISION would be to get that THING taken out of you, research The MGB procedure and talk to several people that had the same surgery I promise you won't regret it. Doctor's staff is so nice to work with and everyone is so PATIENT & GREAT to be at your service & Dr. Ruthledge is GOD-SENT and he is a GENIUS! DON'T REVISE your lap-band REPLACE IT with a MGB! God Bless You.
P.S. I FOR GOT TO MENTION THAT SO FAR I AM LOSING A POUND A DAY! WITHOUT STARVING AND I HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED ANY EXERCISING!