On September 29, 2011 at 6:20 AM Pacific Time, Ding-E-Girl wrote:
Thank you all for your help and comments. I have made bad food choices and this time I will be doing things the right way. Is the upper GI done at surgery time or is it done before surgery day? I think I will probably get resleeved since nobody seems to think very highly of the lap band! This Dr I am seeing charges 18,000 for lap band or for sleeve and that seems so high to me !! Especially being that Im a self payer !!
You'll need to have the Upper GI done before your surgery. This will give the surgeon a good idea of what is going on with your stomach. The band really sucks. I mean not just based on my personal experience, but statistically it's horrible and has a 25% reoperation rate to either remove, replace, reposition, or revise to another surgery within 3 years of having it placed. Mine only lasted 8 months before I had to revise to VSG.
As for a revision, you need to go to an experienced revision surgeon. Not just anyone, not just someone who has a few revisions under their belt. There's a couple of experienced Mexico revision surgeons, but resleeving is not recommended and super complicated so, don't just go to anyone based on price. Revisions come with a quadrupled increase for complications. The price isn't too bad based on US prices, yeah it's more expensive than Mexico, but for US prices 18k for a sleeve isn't horrible. I didn't notice where you are located, but I would highly recommend researching a strong, experienced revision surgeon before paying for a sleeve revision.