How long does the Lap-Band device last?
on 5/15/08 4:19 pm
Know one can answer that question, doctors don't have an answer to that. That said, the band IS intended to last forever, however there have been many that suffered band slips and erosions and had to get the band removed. You should not fear getting the band it has been the best thing I have done for myself, I am healthier, I am more active, can exercise a lot without problems and I eat more healtheir as part of my commitment to a lifestyle change.
I am going on my 3rd year and I am pretty much to my goal weight , I have gone from a size 26 to a size 10 and most 12s pants and the 12 pants are geting too big now. I no longer diet, I try to eat healthy most days, but I eat what ever I want to with no weight gain, but I just cannot eat much, no more than about 1 cup of food or a couple bites of a sandwich and I also exercise at least 3 days per week
There are RULES to the lap band and you should obtain a copy from your surgeons office and they should direct you on how to follow the band rules on how to lose weight safely with the band. The recommended fill level is about 1 cup of solid food per meal, the tighter the band is the MORE issues one will have, it is just that simple, so most problems and issues with the band are self inflicted - hope this helps, WE control our fill levels on how loose or tight we maintain our bands, so you will get different results and different issues.
on 2/4/13 4:37 am
Hi, I have had the lap-band since May, 2006. Loss of 96lbs (along with 2 babies) In Sept, 2011 I went in for a fill because I could tell I didn't have enough restriction. I discovered the band had a hole in it somewhere. It wasn't slipped or eroded, it plain has a whole. Now, I am having trouble getting a surgeon to remove it. Every one says they "wont touch someone else's band". So if you plan on moving, that is something to consider. I moved from MN to Oregon. My MN surgeon has retired. I am now under Kaiser Insurance and they are willing to remove it and I will do a gastric bypass as a replacement. I am now up 40lbs since 9/2011. NOT HAPPY at all about it.
Just my 2cents...they don't last forever! If someone had told me this could happen in 6 years I would have never done it.
You guys are absolutely the best! I am glad they told me about this website too!! It seems that there is really good support here and people really care! I know this is something I need to do to maintain LONGTERM weight loss. I have done it too many times on my own only to gain it back and FAIL again!!! Thanks for the advice and the support! Good luck to the rest of you in your weight loss journeys! Keep up the good work! Looks like you guys are all doing great!!!!