on 4/19/12 1:38 pm
If you're having health issues from the band, document them and make sure your doctor-surgeon-health practitioner knows about every single one.
Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI
I chose the band first. I had complications 6 months down the road. I was dedicated to the band but the tighter it got the worse my problems got. 1 1/2 years down the road the harder things were. I was lucky. my insurance allowed me to revise.
You have to choose what surgery is best for you. I exercised faithfully and ate exactly like i was supposed to. I still had complications. Its just not the right surgery for me.
Make sure you understand the complications of all surgeries when chosing. Also choose the best surgery based on what you need.
I chose the lap band first because I thought i needed to control the volume of food i ate. I did have pre diabetes and felt like the band would help me lose the weight and i would be okay. I could not revise to the sleeve because my heart burn was already so severe. I revised to RNY even though i was very against it at first.
For me, my surgeon put in that my restriction is too inconsistent, making it very hard to monitor my weight. Getting fills and unfills so often was just feasable, especially since my surgeon is 5 hours away.
He was very surprised that my insurance company agreed to it, all I know, is I am very thankful that they did!
They told me yesterday I could self pay,but that is 12,000 dollars I could go to Dr. Alveraz in Mexico and have it removed for 4,000 and if I do not have too much damage get it done totally for 9,000 dollars. US medical cost has gotten way out of control!
Is the sleeve 100% better than the band? I have read so many post and everyone always says they would do it again in a heart beat!!!
So far, I absolutely LOVE my sleeve!! I have been on solid food for 2 weeks now. I never have the tightening in my esophogas, I have the same, constant restriction (except during PMS, which was the same with the band and pre-WLS). Once I am at goal, I know I will be able to eat things the band would never allow, such half a sandwhich or a small slice of pizza, etc. I stay away from high carb foods for now, while I am in the losing stage.
on 4/22/12 10:27 am
Banded Oct 2008: 290
RNY Feb 2012: 245
Dr's set goal: 170 reached Oct 11, 2012
My goal: 160 reached Dec 1, 2012
Today : 145-150
I am half the person I was in 2008.