100 pounds with lap band?

(deactivated member)
on 5/25/12 9:03 am
 I am debating the lap band or sleeve. I am only 24 and need to lose at least 100 pounds. Has anyone lost 100 pounds with the band? How long did it take? Curious to see because the sleeve seems drastic and I am willing to be diligent with diet and exercise with the band.
Mell
on 5/25/12 9:12 am
I lost 120 but not without complications, I had my port flip, slip, unclip, and replacement. I would not do it any other way, but I have heard horror stories from this board where women and men have nearly died, if I were you I would do more research. The realize band and lap band are not the same either they fill or inflate differently.
NanaB.
on 5/25/12 9:20 am, edited 5/25/12 9:21 am

There are tons of people that have lost over 100 pounds with the lap band, it requires you to follow rules, walk or exercise at least 5 days per week and follow up with your surgeon for needed fills/unfills and general aftercare. Those who don't don't lose weight, it's just that simple...same requirements with the VSG...but you get to keep your stomach.

I lost 130 and never had any real complications -- I am still happy with my same band going on 7 years, it was not difficult for me, I got my fills, took my daily walks and never really dieted, I just made sure I eat healthy most of the time with a focus on proteins.

I gave you a document that explains how the band works PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY AND DON'T FOCUS ON HOW MUCH WEIGHT SOMEONE ELSE HAS/HAS NOT LOST YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL GREAT DEPEND ON YOUR COMMITMENT OF FOLLOWING RULES...MOST IMPORTANTLY make sure you ask your surgeon how many revision patients he/she has ..if the number is greater than 5 you need to search for a new lap band surgeon ideally center of excellence.

good luck

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Tom C.
on 5/25/12 9:48 am, edited 5/25/12 9:49 am - Mount Arlington, NJ
REALIZE Band on 01/29/08 with
Tom C.
on 5/25/12 9:53 am, edited 5/25/12 9:57 am - Mount Arlington, NJ
REALIZE Band on 01/29/08 with

You wrote “… There are tons of people …. “

 

TONS!!!!!! REALLY ?!?!?!? TONS!!!! .. Are you saying I was a TON ?!?!?!??!! … .Now I am offended !!!!!!

 

I hope you know I am joking !!!!!!

 

Good Luck on your Journey !!

Tom

“Nothing I will ever eat will give me the feeling I get as when I lose weight”  The views expressed are based on my own experiences - and should NOT BE FOLLOWED IN LIEU OF DOCTOR’S ADVICE/INSTRUCTIONS. Only your Doctor knows your condition, and make sure you talk to them before making any changes to your diet
NanaB.
on 5/25/12 10:16 am
You are too funny...haven't you heard of two tons of fun?  Those huge gals that were singers
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Christina M.
on 5/25/12 9:25 am
As I write this I am aware that I have been extremely lucky with the band. My surgery was 4/14/10 and since that time, I have lost 240lbs. I'm 32 years old, have had no problems with restriction, no complications, other than being tight at that time of the month or when I've had a cold/flu.  I haven't had a fill since 11/10 and have had three unfills since that time.  I haven't been hungry since surgery, an amazing feeling. 

I know that my case is extremely rare. I am a nurse and I never reccommend the band to others as everyone has different experiences, but I did want you to know what was possible. I was not interested in as invasive a surgery as the sleeve or bypass. Both of my parents have had the bypass, and have done very well.
  
  

Tom C.
on 5/25/12 9:41 am - Mount Arlington, NJ
REALIZE Band on 01/29/08 with
RESULTS WILL VARY from person to person; operation to operation; Doctor to Doctor.

Without knowing your beginning weight; on the AVERAGE you can expect to lose 40% to 70% of your EXCESS body weight with the band. So if you're suppose to be 100 pounds, but not weigh 200 pound; expect to be 160 to 130 pounds.

I began at 435 and I went down to 215. Currently I stay around 235. Please know my results are NOT typical, and I am very diligent with what I eat. It's a constant battle which I fight daily.
Good Luck on your Journey !!

Tom

“Nothing I will ever eat will give me the feeling I get as when I lose weight”  The views expressed are based on my own experiences - and should NOT BE FOLLOWED IN LIEU OF DOCTOR’S ADVICE/INSTRUCTIONS. Only your Doctor knows your condition, and make sure you talk to them before making any changes to your diet
kathkeb
on 5/25/12 10:08 am
Yes, many of us have lost 100 pounds or more with Lap and Realize bands.

BUT, so many more people have not lost most of the weight they wanted to lose.

I love MY band .. It was the right tool for ME.
I lost 130 pounds in 18 months while I was entering menopause.

But, I stand by my opinion that It is not a 'lifetime' device for someone of your age.

Honestly, you probably have 70 years ahead of you.
It is naive to think that a device will last that long.

They have not been around long enough to know how long they last.

The insertion of a band causes scar tissue. It is naive to think that they can just go I and give you a new one every so many years if they do wear out because the scar tissue may make it impossible to do so.

Most people can lose weight .. With or without surgery. The really hard part is maintaining a healthy weight.

I think YOUR doctor knows more about YOU than a bunch of people on the Internet do.

If I was advising my 24 year old niece, I would tell her that she could probably be successful with a band, but her odds would be much higher with VSG.
Kath

  
NanaB.
on 5/25/12 10:14 am

The band WILL NEVER 'WEAR OUT" even if erodes into the stomach...when surgeons pull the band out it is always firmly intact... but if someone keeps their bands so tight that puts a choke hold on the esophagus ..the esophagus may wear out though....

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Jen_CRT
on 5/25/12 10:48 am - Banner, KY
Lap Band on 04/10/09 with
I lost a total of 134 pounds I was 29 when I had my surgery and I wished I had it sooner as I regret wasting my 20's being overweight and depressed and unhappy.

I love my band, but I don't rely on it. I changed my over all view of food. I can honestly say that I am a food addict. I changed my relationship with food.

Food is for FUEL and to survive. It's not for comfort, love, support. I don't celebrate with food, Reward with food, Cope with food.

It's all about LIFE STYLE CHANGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                    
crystal M.
on 5/25/12 12:19 pm - Joliet, IL
I got my Band a little over 3 years ago and I lost 154 lbs.  As long as I eat right and exercise I pretty much stay within 5 lbs of that weight.  The Band is a commintment and a lifestyle.  It doesn't do anything for you...you have to eat right and exercise or you won't be successful.     

I haven't had any complications at all and except for having to wait for almost 18 months to reach my "green zone" I really haven't had any complaints.  I can eat any sort of food I want and I never have any stuck episodes now (in the beginning I did...I was still learning)  I do worry about what may happen in the future....but as of yet not one thing has ever happened.  I don't know if that is just me being paranoid. 
Nic M
on 5/25/12 12:28 pm
I lost about 110#... went from about a size 22 to a size 10-12.

But, it was due to the fact that I couldn't eat solid foods at all. No fluid in the band... still unable to eat anything without gagging and extreme pain.

I lived on protein shakes, soup and ice cream. It was NOT fun.

 

 Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI

 

Bette B.
on 5/25/12 2:46 pm
 WAY over a hundred pounds.

    

Banded 10 years & maintaining my weight loss!! Any questions, message me.

MARIA F.
on 5/25/12 4:21 pm - Athens, GA

I understand you will be dilligent with diet and exercise with the band. Why not be dilligent without it??? If you are diligent with diet and exercise you will lose weight. The band may...........or may NOT ever help with that. It's a crap shoot. The band functions as advertised for *SOME*. For most it does NOT do that long term. Why do you think you see so few that have been able to keep their band 5 years?!?!?!

I know the answers you want to hear here...........but I just can't lie and tell you what you want to hear. Even if you are diligent with diet and exercise, it is a matter of LUCK as to *IF* the band will even work for you.

But hey..............you want it................go ahead and get it. You'll find out eventually.

 

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cheyenne000
on 5/25/12 6:25 pm, edited 5/25/12 6:31 am

I lost 98lbs had some problems last year had a complete unfill and a 20 pound gain. Started refilling and have since lost a few of the extra pounds. Do your research and talk to your doctor. Pick what you feel will work best for you. All weight loss surgeries have risk and complications. Gook luck in what ever you choose.

JODI          LapBand   Start 1/21/09 259 lbs   current WT 165 lbs   94lbs loss 

    

Iam_with_the_Band
on 5/25/12 9:37 pm
I lost my first 100lbs in 5 months.  The rest has taken a bit longer.  I think it is totally possible to lose your weight and keep it off. 



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