On April 1, 2012 at 10:55 AM Pacific Time, c_cubed wrote:I would love to hear everyones opinion on this (especially from my on line sparring buddies!).
Do you think that gastric banding is a better choice for folks who have, lets say, no more than 100 pounds to lose?
Not sure if the amount of weight to lose would determine the success or lack of success, but the more weight you have to lose, the more adjustments you 'll need, which means having to re-acclimate yourself to "eating" all over again.
Let me explain. In my experience, after an adjustment, I have to get used to being tighter- and therefore, for the next several days, I'm having to be a lot more strict about what I eat. After several weeks, the band becomes less tight and I start eating larger portions, which means another adjustment is needed.
Do you think doing this process over and over and over can dictate the outcome?
Have I completely lost everyone or am I making any sense?
I don't believe the band is good for anyone. One way or another it's a temporary weight loss method just like plication. The number of people who still have their band after 10 years is very low. The band has the most complications of all major WLS types.
The issue that bothers me more than anything... I think, is that people get a band with huge hopes of losing massive amounts of weight and with all the complications, people never getting restriction, never being able to find the famous sweet spot many do not lose well and they beat themselves up feeling like even WLS couldn't help them. It messes with self esteem in a huge way.
The band has the highest regain of all major surgery types. So people bust their humps trying to lose and then the regain starts. There is a 5 year regain with ALL surgery types but it is highest with the band. I just don't like seeing people try so hard, have high hopes, then find themselves regaining sometimes even more than what they started out.
You should read the band vets board, it's full of whining and complaining about the band. Heck, nobody hardly joins there anymore because so many have revised to other surgery types.