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Nice to hear from someone who made the same choice. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could maybe get the band to work. I had to face the reality that it was failing and the best thing was to move on. I research both the sleeve and RNY. I am very active in my local bariatric support group and relied on the input and experiences of the group to make my choice. Ultimately, my surgeon who I have had an excellent relationship with for 5 years felt RNY was best for me. I trusted his statement that he knew what my expectations, habits, and personality was and that they lead him to believe RNY was the right choice.
It does feel strange to know that I am starting over again at 5 years in some ways. I at least have a lot of experience and knowledge from the changes I have made.
Glad you are doing so good! Keep in touch.
Wow, have you explored the VSG surgery? Seems many people opt for the sleeve from the band.
I was glad to see a GLBT forum- but discouraged by the lack of activity- I check in on the VSG forum pretty much daily, but here not so much- I will try to check in more often-
Thanks for the encouragement. I also have done lots of research and am so ready for this next phase of my life. It is good to hear from those who have gone before me!
I can't believe its actually been two years as of 5/5 that I had the surgery that changed my life! I haven't been this health since I was a teenager. I just had a yearly check up with my PCP and she said everything is normal and I am looking good. God bless RNY. I am still losing a little but for the most part it has slowed down, which is fine with me. I am currently at 193 and would like to see 185 but even if I don't get there I am content.
As someone who has revised from lap band to RNY I salute your decision to revise. I too had to revise due to medical reasons. For me it was the fact that during a fill they injected me with a staph infection that could hide anywhere on the band, so it had to go. I only had the band for about a year before I got the infection. I can only say you are taking a very brave step and one that I personally believe was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I am currently at my goal weight give or take five pounds, and a lot of the credit goes to my RNY. So rest assured you are making a good decision.
You definitely have the right attitude. Five years ago when I had my WLS I made a strong commitment to change my life. That was beyond the surgery. As I prepared, I began walking daily. I researched, researched and researched what makes a WLS person successful. I looked for role models in the community. I found that being active and living positively led to a higher success rate. Good luck on your journey.
I thought I would post here about my upcoming (07/31) revision surgery to RNY from Lapband. I am five years out from WLS. It is easiest to point you to my blog post on this topic where you can read about my journey to RNY. http://beariatric.com/2013/05/15/revision-surgery-a-new-road-for -me/
Thanks for the reply. I finally got my surgery date and it is on June 4th. I am excited and anxious and a little afraid. I have been in process for only 4 months but it has been a lot of work and sustained effort to make changes and keep moving forward. Congratulations on the weight loss. I know it is a struggle even after because our brains are not surgically altered but I know it will be worth it. I need this surgery as a behavior modification and nothing else has ever worked. I will keep watching and look forward to hearing more about your weight loss adventures.