Help - LapBand Slip and Chest Pain

gek9742000
on 4/21/12 6:50 pm
RNY on 10/29/12 with
Hi everyone - I was just diagnosed Thursday with a Lap Band slip.  My doctor removed all 7 cc's from my band and said the slip should fix itself.  I was told to remain on liquids for 24 hours - which I did.  I even ate soft foods on Friday.  Then today I had chicken and rice for lunch and dinner and now my chest hurts.  It feels like my stomach but this pain is different from feeling stuck or eatng too much.  I don't know how to describe it - and I am wondering if anyone else ha this kind of pain from a lap band slip.  I just took some TYlenol and feel a bit better.  I am scared that something is wrong that this will not correct itself. 

250 day of surgery 
150 current weight
135 goal weight

melly37
on 4/21/12 7:56 pm - Rio Rancho, NM
VSG on 04/03/12
 Hi there.  I had a slip about two and a half years ago.  I had to have surgery to fix mine. While waiting for surgery, he took most of my saline out, and I felt fine after that.  So, I am wondering if your esophogas and stoma are irritated still.  Maybe staying on liquids a bit longer could help. Good luck, I hope it's nothing serious.


  LapBand Surgery 01/10/08, Revison to Sleeve 04/03/12

AMichelle
on 4/21/12 8:45 pm
I had a band slip (and eventual replacement) about two and a half years ago too. I had reflux hours and hours after eating and towards the end even liquid wouldn't stay down. I would tread lightly with the solid food. Maybe stick to soft foods for a few more days? More importantly, call your doctor. It's probably related to the slip, but you shouldn't have to be in pain.

Hope you're feeling better!
    
Hislady
on 4/21/12 9:15 pm - Vancouver, WA
My band is also empty by my choice (long story) but rice is still a very iffy food for me, at best a bite or two then I start to get stuck. Chicken can also be hard to eat especially breast meat. I'd say you need to stick to mushier food for awhile. Also don't be surprised if you slip again down the road because it seems like once you slip you are more prone to further slipping, but hopefullky this will do the trick.
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gek9742000
on 4/22/12 10:57 am
RNY on 10/29/12 with
Thanks for the reply.  I never had a problem with chicken (unless it was frozen and then microwaved) and I have always been able to do a few bites of rice so I wasn't concerned with this mix of food but I should have been considering the slip.  I guess I need some new rules - thanks for the advice and warnaing about possible slips. 
Cherokeesage
on 4/22/12 12:10 am
RNY on 02/24/12 with
My band slipped the second yr and repositioned but then it did it numerous times so I never knew when I could or couldn't eat.  Finally, it started feelings like heart issues and left shoulder pain.  Some never experience this but do keep track of how often and keep calling your Dr.  I pray yours will be a simple fix. 

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 :                       141-145

I am half the person I was in 2008.

gek9742000
on 4/22/12 11:00 am
RNY on 10/29/12 with
Yes, it has been like my heart but knowing I have the slip I know it is my stomach and not my heart.  ANd for a minute my shoulder hurt and I was thinking it was gas.  I have been fine all morning but I was yesterday too.  I just hope I don't keep having this pain.  I want a simple fix to my slip and a third surgery.  (1 surgery to put band in, 2nd surgery to replace port because tubing fell off port).
brighteyes62
on 5/5/12 5:44 am
Hi, my first surgery was in 2005, the second in 2007 due to hiatus hernia and I have had problems ever since.  I also have band slippage and most of the saline has been taken out due to pains in my chest, excessive burping and shoulder pain.  I am also having chest pains and recently they are becoming constant.  It, to me, also feels like it is heart pains but I have had all the appropriate heart tests and this has been ruled out.  I am now planning to see my GP and then my surgeon again to see what can be done as this is no way to live.  I have regained my weight, have pain and feel uncomfortable most of the time...now we can add scared.  Lap band surgery is not for everyone - I must be one of them.  Good luck to you all...follow your instincts and if something does not feel right, then make sure you get it corrected.  I hope to.
kclairese
on 7/27/12 8:08 pm - PA
 Just looking for some answers. I had my lap band placed in January 2010. Never really lost any weight. Decided to try to have a kid last year and had the fluid removed because I couldn't eat anything (had 7cc). The baby mission failed and I started dieting and lost approximately 40 pounds on my own over the last 3 months. The last month of my life has been horrible. Acid reflux nightmare, coupled with severe post nasal drip, chest pain, shoulder pain and all out feeling of choking! Can't breathe on most days. I've been on nexium, gulped baking soda, taking every allergy and pain med under the sun and no relief. I recently resigned from my job and going back to see my doctor right now isn't an option. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to achieve temporary relief of some sort? I'm not interested in any addl GI surgery only to remove this crap if need be. My tummy is all scared up from the surgery :(
Help!
Nic M
on 7/28/12 9:16 am
You should have the band removed as soon as possible, most likely. Once it's progressed to the point where you're having shoulder pain, choking AND severe post nasal drip, your Vagus nerves are very, very unhappy.

(Google Vagus nerve function for more info on this.)



Feel better soon.

 

 Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI

 

dusty2013
on 8/18/13 4:35 pm

I had lapband 2 yrs ago and never felt full.  I did have issues with vomiting due to food getting stuck.  I never felt full.

Recently I noticed my port is very sensitive to the touch and when I bend during yoga class.  Last month I thought I had injured a rib on my left side because when I took a deep breath it was painful under my ribs on my left side.  It subsided after a few days.

Now it has happened again and it has lasted three days and counting.  It is on my left side under ribs.

Could this be my lapband,  or liver or slippage??

APACHI
on 9/29/13 1:08 pm - Canada

My left side of where this lap band is positioned, I've had severe pain. It feels like it is rubbing the inside raw. Perhaps the ring with the saline solution is to tight? I've lost 70lbs and since I had the increase of the saline that that could be my problem with the stomach pain of where this band is sitting.


 

Nic M
on 9/29/13 2:33 pm

It's more than likely the nerves that are causing that feeling. It's really common to have Vagus nerve irritation with gastric banding, unfortunately.

 

Melissa R.
on 10/23/13 3:31 pm - houston, TX

I had my band put in in 2007 and have had nothing but issues since.  I did however lose 50 lbs, but gained 30 back.  I am having an upper GI tomorrow am and and Endoscopy next week.  I have constant anxiety, left shoulder pain, sharp pains where port is, and just want this foreign stuff taken out.  The Dr who I am seeing now, if different fromt he one prior due to the fact the old one would not remove it when I asked him too two yrs ago.  :(  I am hoping to have a revision......but not sure to what yet until tests results come back.  Any advice for me????

pineview01
on 10/23/13 4:31 pm - Davison, MI

Check out the Failed band group.  There is tons of info for you there.

http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/failed_lap_bands/

Also the revision boards;   http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/revision/

BAND REMOVED 9-4-12-fought insurance to get sleeve and won!  Sleeved 1/22/13!