Does Medicare pay for revision...
on 2/6/11 9:08 am - Des Moines, IA
Highest Weight: 317/Surgery Weight: 267/Lowest Weight: 148
Currently Filled 1.4cc in a 4 cc band APBand
Panniculectomy w/psudeo TT proformed by Dr Bergman 10/8/2009
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I had the band and due to complications had it removed and the bypass done. I wish that the band had worked for me and that I had understood the complications. i had done lots of research and was more educated because I had co workers that also had the surgery but I truly did not understand the complications. Just please go to lap band.com look at the complications. Order WLS books from Amazon.com. get weight loss surgeries for dummies. This is not a race. If you are not ready for the surgery and are not 100% positive of the surgery then tell your dr and dont rush into surgery
Actually, I think you are wise to ask about a revision if your WLS fails. I had my gastric bypass in Sept. 2005. My highest was 381. I lost 200 lbs. When I hit the 5 year mark I started regaining weight. No matter what I did, the weight continued to come back. I'm now back up to 270 and totally disgusted with myself and my surgery. I can exercise until I'm about to drop. I even went and did a 2 week liquid diet just like I did when I first had my surgery. The scale never budges. I'm not happy with myself in any shape, form, or fashion.
Let me warn you about a possible side affect I don't think I've ever seen mentioned. (I honestly don't come on this site much anymore.) I ended up having to have all my teeth removed and get dentures. Why? I wasn't absorbing my calcium. I did the chews just like my surgeon told me to do, yet me teeth still crumbled. Now, I'm worried about my bones.
Think long and hard! And be extra careful when you hit the 5 year mark. I wish you much luck!
Anglebear you should have started another thread to address your concerns as this one is 3 years old and about medicare. Not absorbing calcium is a problem usually in people not getting the right calcium. It is very important for RNY to have calcium citrate. Our center didn't even know about this in '05(and still listed the wrong kind in '09). We had a person with RNY almost lose her mother because of this. She started hard core researching nutrition at the molecular level. She was the go to person for our center and even lead support groups to educate people about getting the RIGHT kinds of supplements. She would help people set up complex scheduled. She was here on OH and had a blog and people differed to her with the up most of respect.
As the others say! If you are going into this thinking it might not be the surgery for you - you are not making the correct choice.
ALL surgery carries risks, and especially to obese people. We can't go into this without being very sure. And planning a second surgery for if the first one doesn't work out seems to show that you don't yet have the full commitment to the necessary lifestyle changes.
Highest 290, Banded - 248 Lowest 139 (too thin!). Comfort zone 155-165.
Happily banded since May 2006. Regain of 28lbs 2013-14. ALL GONE!
But some has returned! Up to 175, argh! Off we go again,