Band is finally out! Revision in 3-4 months

on 1/25/18 10:39 am - Abington, PA


I had my lap-band surgery back in 2007. I initially lost 35 lbs. from the pre-surgical diet but only lost about 10-15 lbs. after the surgery. I fought and struggled for 10 years with the band to lose weight and finally gave up. I had it removed in December 2017 with the intention of revising over to the VSG. My insurance is making me go through a 3-month diet with a nutritionist before I can get the revision.

I was leaning toward the VSG because I'm hungry all the time and have IBS-D (basically dumping syndrome already!) However, I've been hearing more and more about VSG people getting really bad now I'm not sure...


Nic M
on 1/27/18 11:30 am

Congratulations on getting the band removed. And also, congratulations on insurance being willing to pay for a revision!

When I was considering revising to VSG, I was told by a revision surgeon that he would need to make the sleeve fairly small in order for me to lose weight and it would most likely exacerbate the reflux I already had. But that doesn't mean that the same would hold true for you, of course.

You might want to talk with your surgeon about the possibility of GERD with the VSG. I think only your surgeon would be able to answer your question definitively, George. Best of luck. I hope all goes well for you.


 Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI


on 1/27/18 1:04 pm - Abington, PA

Thanks for the response and well-wishes Nic!

So did you go with the rny instead? How well has it worked? Are you hungry?


on 1/29/18 2:30 pm - MA

I revised to RNY after the band because I was too worried about the acid side effects from VSG. I suffered so badly for so long with it from the stupid band that I vowed to get a surgery that would heal it, not make it worse!

I got to my goal in 9 months, and have maintained within a 5lb range for 2 years. I do get hungry, but it is not like pre-op hunger! Not even close! And fullness feels a lot more satisfying than it ever did with the band. I don't know about you, but I never felt like normal-full with the band--I basically had to stop eating when the food got stuck and I started to vomit. I swear I eat so much MORE with RNY, now than I was eating before--but it is the right food for weight loss, so I can eat more and weigh less.

In a nutshell it's the best decision I ever made and I hope you feel as happy and successful as I feel!

  • 4'11"
  • High Weight before LapBand: 200
  • High Weight before RNY: 160
  • CW: 117
  • below goal in 9 months

on 1/30/18 3:00 am - Abington, PA

Juniper Berry,

Wow that's great! Thanks for the information - I'm excited to get my revision surgery!



Nic M
on 2/1/18 4:12 pm

I wasn't able to revise. My original surgeon kind of screwed me up pretty badly. A couple other surgeons tried to "fix" his mistakes, but ultimately I had too much nerve damage to revise to another surgery. I regained and am fat and hungry! That is the truth.

Good luck, George! Hope all goes well.


 Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI


on 2/2/18 3:45 am - Abington, PA

Damn Nic, I'm sorry to hear that. That really sucks. Thanks for adding your response...I appreciate it.



Pre-Lapband weight (2007): 313 lbs.

Post Lapband removal weight (12/2017): 300 lbs.