LAP-BAND process at Kaiser SSF
on 4/24/12 5:03 pm
This is my first post :) I have an appointment with my PCP on Thursday when I will be asking for the refferal for the lap band. I am 5'3 with a BMI of 53%. extremely high... I have no co morbities which is good, I've been looking into lap band since 2009. I am young, 23 years old, and I think i'm ready for this change to my life now. I am ready and willing to move forward :)
I'm going through Kaiser. My PCP is at Kaiser Redwood City, I'll be attending classes at Kaiser South San Francisco most likely.
My question is:
how does the process work, what classes do i take, how long will it be?
I know the program is call Options. 12 weeks. But i don't know much about it past that.
Hopefully you all can help me, I really have no one support my decision and a lot of my obese coworkers are saying that i'm "selling out" so to speak, that i'm taking the easy route and that i'm stupid for wanting the lapband as much as i do. At least my dad supports me, but thats only one person.
Thanks for the replies, you're really helping me out!
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.
on 4/24/12 9:50 pm
You might go to the forum for California and you may find someone who has gone through the Kaiser SF .
There is a meet-up support group that meets in SF one Saturday each month. I'll send you the details separately. I would expect that Kaiser has a group as well.
Support is critical, regardless of which surgical option you select.
on 4/24/12 9:52 pm
PLEASE reconsider and research your other options. I hate to see someone so young go down this road. I can't even begin to explain the amount of damage the band caused in my body. I'm 43 and a lot of the time feel like I'm elderly due to all the stomach issues the band caused. I had the band done over 9 years ago and removed about 7 years ago... and it's like a neverending loop... over and over and over... I witness the same complications. And every day, someone else chooses the band... and every day, someone else is desperately trying to get their band removed due to chronic pain, the inability to eat, constant nausea and gagging, and esophageal problems.
I am sorry to rain on your parade, but I just don't want to see you harmed. I wish you the best in whatever you do. My experience was SO incredibly hellish that I can't be silent when I see someone about to possibly make a really painful choice.
Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI
on 4/24/12 11:03 pm
Thanks for the heads up, to be honest i had not been expecting so many negative lap-band reviews. I have been to a seminar and they were very happy and positive about lap-band. they also pushed RNY but understood why many were choosing lap-band.
I hadn't heard so many negative stories during my previous research. I will admit that a lot of peoples stories did freak me out but i still remain firm about the decision to pursue lap band. I wouldn't mind RNY when I'm in my mid-thirties and if i still have weight issues by that point. I plan to make a big lifestyle change and lap-band would just be an aid to help me change habits.
is there anyone on here with a positive story about lap band? how it did work?
on 4/25/12 7:25 pm
I chose the band for the same reasons that you did... unfortunately, the advertising overpromises and woefully underdelivers. We all went into lapband with the best of intentions and most of us ended up disappointed and damaged. I hope you'll read the Revisions forum here before making a final decision. Also, Google ~ "referred left shoulder pain + lap band" and see the immense amount of information that comes up. It's IMPORTANT because that pain, if you're not going through it, sounds "notso bad." When you're going through it, it becomes life altering in a very, very bad way.
I wish you the best. I just hope you'll understand that I've gone through it AND I've witnessed this for almost a decade now. It never changes.
Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI
on 4/25/12 11:10 am
Did you hit your target weight? any complications?
on 4/25/12 12:05 pm
I did hit my target I wanted to loose 100 I lost initally 115. I am working on my second baby right now due in August so I am not loosing obviously.
I have had complications yes, my port flipped, slip, unclip, and I had to have a whole new band put in becuase my first surgeon put one too small for me and with the scar tissue from revisions it was tight with no fill.
I got it when I was in my late 20's I am now 32 so I might be able to relate to you. Friend request me and I will send you my email address so we can talk.
Start weight: 320
At surgery: 300
I have nothing horrible to say about my band, but I do think the suggestions to consider other types of surgery should be explored. Talk with your doctor about what is best for you with your particular eating habits.
The band has given me some success, but since it allows me to eat sweets, especially ice cream and candy, I have not had the success that I might have had with the RNY or the DS.
I would still do my band based on the choices I had to make five years ago, but might opt for something different if I were doing it now.
Good luck whatever you decide.
on 9/16/13 7:15 pm - Pacifica, CA
Hi, I will be going to kaiser in SSF too! Have you already had the surgery? Please let me know. I am 25 years old, and just spoke with my doctor today about it, he said I have to attend a seminar then I will find out more information about it.