Hello! Thanks for your brave post and your honesty. I've seen alot of people put posts up about not losing weight, weight regain, and how they never lost their appetite and feel like they've failed...and then they get attacked by rude comments from others. Everyone's body is not the same, some may have had the same surgery, but each person's body reacts differently. We have all traveled different journies but shared the same underlying road...we all had to seek medical intervention to lose the weight.
Here's the story of my journey....
I had my first weightloss surgery in June 2008. I weighed about 308 and got the band put on. It was not my choice of surgery, nor my doctors, but it was the only one that I could get at the time. They discovered Malt Lymphoma in my stomach during the pre-op testings, and I had went through Chemo/Radiation treatment in Feb. 2008 so they didnt think it was a good idea for me to get the Gastric Bypass done. :(
I lost 55 lbs with the lap band within 9 mos but was constantly sick. The doctor worried that eventually the band would slip because I would always throw up (7x a day sometimes) so it was for medical reasons I got the band removed in March 2009. I got the Gastric Sleeve done at that time and lost another 60 lbs or so lbs in the first 9 mos. Total weight loss/2 surgeries = 115 lbs.
I stuck to my diet pretty well, worked out with a trainer, kept a food journey, weighed myself daily, and went to monthly support groups for the first year. However like you, I NEVER lost my appetite and never felt alot of restriction. That was very discouraging especially after having 2 weightloss surgeries and being told that the ghrelin in my stomach was being removed with VSG and I would no longer be hungry. Also, I wasn't into "sweets" before the surgery but after having the surgery, I started craving sweets all the time. I've heard others in support group mention this happened to them too.
I went to the doctor for an upper GI to see what the problem was and he said that the area where my lap band had been, left an indention. This was causing my food to stay at the top portion of my stomach and caused it to stretch. He said my stomach would need to be trimmed in that area. Since then I've gained a little over 20 lbs!! And just my luck, now my insurance company has completely eliminated any type of weightloss surgery from being covered.
So to sum it all up, I would like to say that for people that have trouble staying on a diet and that eat alot of carbs need both parts of the VSG. The other one being the rerouting of the intestines to decrease the absorbtion of the foods along with the restrictive part. This way all ends are covered. Also, some doctors do not go as small as other doctors on the sleeve. There are different sized bougies as I've read. You may consider going to another doctor for a second opinion and to have your sleeve checked. See what the doctor recommends. You may not need to be "resleeved" but only have it "trimmed" a little which may not cost as much.
I'm now in the process of going to the doctor to see what my options are and what my out of pocket costs will be to get this fixed. I have an upper GI scheduled today.
Good luck and I will let you know how it goes if I get mine trimmed soon~ :)
(LOST 50 LBS w/ Realize Band prior to Gastric Sleeve)