Topic: RE: Failed lap band - Lost & desparate
It was so nice to hear from someone else who had to have a revision - not that I'm glad you had to. My local doctor did not agree with the WLS because she is a tiny little thing who has never gained a pound in her life. I know I need to find another one but I travel for business weekly and it is hard to find the time and otherwise she is a great doctor and I like her.
I have actually personally talked with several doctors. I am getting a different story from each. One said the sleeve was dangerous because of possible leaks and that RNY was safer and another said just the opposite. Another said he thinks I have a hiatel hernia that was missed on my tests because I was so swollen and they couldn't hardly see anything. Another has said they think I might have an ulcer. Huhhh!!! None of them have agreed upon anything. I also contacted Dr. Rutledge's people who does mini gastric bypass (reversible) and he has done a bunch of lap band revisions. He hates the band - says 70% end of failing in the long run. However, I found out the procedure he is doing is a form of one they quit doing because the level of bile in ones system was 13 times a regular person would have and that can cause cancer and all kinds of nasty stuff.
I am just about ready to cry from frustration because I cannot go on living in this constant guessing game from one bite to the next whether I will be sliming, vomiting or giving my meal away I just bought in a restaurant.
Where did you get your revision and if you don't mind me asking what did it cost ? I am willing to go anywhere as long as the doctor is experienced in revisions and is within reason (I will be paying for it myself). I have been told by a couple of doctors when we have scar tissue we are definately at higher risk for leaks which is very dangerous. So I am going to be sure I have a good doctor. My original lap band doctor does only lap band and was in Mexico. I know a lot of people don't agree with Mexican doctors but when you are paying for it yourself it does make a difference. When I had the band done, I checked my local bariatric surgeon and he wanted $30,000. He was nuts. I was banded by Dr. Kuri and he still has a very good reputation. He is willing to take my band out for cost, but then I have to wait 6 months for a revision due to heal time.
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PS. Where are you from? Me - Indiana. Thanks again.