On April 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM Pacific Time, Kitty_mom wrote:
The band seems to be the latest whipping boy around here. I have a band & yeah I have had a some complications. No, the band is not for everyone. I had great luck with the first band until a trip to Europe caused it to slip- don't let anyone tell you that a bubble in the band can not expand because of altitude- ever watch what happens top a chip bag in flight? It does work well for some people & not for others, it does not cure bad habits, but it does make it easier to diet. As for fills- some people have one or two fills & are good for a year or two. Others (like me) have had to have many. many fills. I know I am not typical. I eat solid food all the time. I hardly ever PB. I have finally learned what it means to chew your food enough. You are done chewing when your food is liquefied. One should do that whether you have a band or not. Talk to your doctor about the positives & negatives or all the WLS you are considering. Look at actual studies, not just the cheer leaders for this or that surgery. Look on line for actual studies which look at WLS. Lastly, ask questions in the different forums from the people who have been successful with their choice. Don't rely on advise from people who are trashing a surgery that they have not had (they are supporting their choice of WLS) or those who have had a revision (they have had a bad experience that can effect their opinions.)
I have a friend who has the lap-band and 2 years out, supported her daughter to get one too.
30% of WLS patients are not successful no matter what WLS they choose (with the possible exception of DS but it has it's own issues).
Good luck in making the best decision for you.
~~Lastly, ask questions in the different forums from the people who have been successful with their choice. Don't rely on advise from people who are trashing a surgery that they have not had (they are supporting their choice of WLS) or those who have had a revision (they have had a bad experience that can effect their opinions.)~~
Whoa, wait a minute! So people should just listen to the cheerleaders and ignore the majority, those that actually experienced the band sometimes for years and years? So those that got to goal with the band but lost it anyway should be dismissed? What in the world make your experiences more valid than mine? How are your views less colored than mine?
If this isn't the worst advice I have ever read, I don't know what is.
Most of those that had a band and lost it through no fault of their own are the ones WITH the stats and studies. We are the ones posting them constantly for the mere purpose that people can make truly informed decisions.
Lap band success stats are inflated merely by decreasing the required weight loss to be successful. If a banded person loses a mere 40% of their EXCESS weight they are considered a success. That still leaves them morbidly obese. The other surgery types have higher weight loss % requirements to be successful. That is sheer manipulation of numbers to put the band in a better light. So that throws out your silly claim that 30% of all WLS types except DS fail. And btw, just for your info, 2-3% of DSers fail.
When I was looking to have a revision I already knew about the surgery types. My next step was to go out looking for those with complications and problems. Not just the 2 month post op cheerleaders. Or the 1 year post op cheerleaders. They haven't even had the surgery type long enough to statistically have serious complications. I wanted to know what could happen, what is possible, what to look for, how does it affect their quality of life, was it fixable. I damn sure didn't want puppy dogs and roses inserted in my bottom. I wanted real life personal experiences and for you to suggest that others not do this is nothing short of shameful to those researching.
I have a ton of friends that have/had bands. All but two have had them removed and revised to something else and 2 can't afford it and live in misery sleeping in chairs because like many a few years post op, they can't lay flat anymore with an empty band due to horrific reflux and esophageal problems. And you, you boast of having a friend that suggested her daughter get a band.