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gorditabonita
on 7/30/12 9:41 am - Springfield, VA
VSG on 01/23/13 with
Just found out today that I have to get my band removed. My dr suggests the sleeve and I am just starting my research. I am looking to make some friends who are or have been in the same situation.

Thanks!

HW - 287 (12/2007); GW - 165; CW - 164....proudly wearing a size 8!On my journey from LapBand to VSG.....LapBand on 12/19/07, LapBand removal on 8/8/12 and sleeve on1/23/13! Consider joining me at Band2Sleeve!( http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/Band2Sleeve/)  Friend me on MyFitnessPal too! I'm gorditabonita74.

MsBatt
on 7/30/12 2:11 pm
Have you posted this on the VSG board? There are a bunch of them over there!
pineview01
on 7/30/12 4:51 pm, edited 7/31/12 9:33 am - Davison, MI
I have to get my band out also!  My surgeon won't do the revision at the same time.  My insurance started a once in lifetime WLS policy.  I want the sleeve but may not be able to get it with out doing self pay.

BAND REMOVED 9-4-12-fought insurance to get sleeve and won!  Sleeved 1/22/13!  At third goal and "normal"

Hislady
on 7/30/12 6:36 pm - Vancouver, WA
All I can say is I would love to revise to the sleeve myself and that everyone I know (and there are alot) who have gone to the sleeve have been very happy with it. I don't recall any negative posts. They all basically say the sleeve works the way we were told the band would but didn't for many of us. I think you'll be very happy with it.
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BabyGirl2730
on 7/31/12 8:09 pm
I'm actually interested in any feed back as well. I was banded in July 2010 and have had TONS and I mean TONS of issues with it. I've started the process for a revision and have been leaning towards the sleeve, I would be grateful for any info.  
mary101678
on 8/3/12 5:10 am, edited 8/3/12 5:10 am - RI
VSG on 07/10/12 with
I had my revision on July 10, 2012. I was banded on Dec 7, 2010 and only lost about 24 lbs with it. My surgeon was reluctant to continue to fill the band because of other patients with issues. He statd that he removes more bands than he puts in.
I told my surgeon in Dec 2011 I wanted to revise to the sleeve and without hestitation, he agreed. Since the revision, I have lost about 15 lbs for a total of about 36 lbs.
The recovery is longer than with the band, but so far, I have found it completely worth it.
Hope it all works out for you...
Mary
                              
gorditabonita
on 8/3/12 6:50 am - Springfield, VA
VSG on 01/23/13 with
Hi Mary - thank you for sharing your success story. You are an inspiration to the rest of us. Can't wait to watch you melt away! :)

HW - 287 (12/2007); GW - 165; CW - 164....proudly wearing a size 8!On my journey from LapBand to VSG.....LapBand on 12/19/07, LapBand removal on 8/8/12 and sleeve on1/23/13! Consider joining me at Band2Sleeve!( http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/Band2Sleeve/)  Friend me on MyFitnessPal too! I'm gorditabonita74.

mary101678
on 8/3/12 1:00 pm - RI
VSG on 07/10/12 with
Hello again:
I recommend that you watch the many YouTube videos regarding the VSG. People tell their stories and there are quite a few who have revised from the band to the sleeve.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vsg&oq=vsg&gs_l= youtube.3..0l10.2230.2834.0.3151.3.3.0.0.0.0.157.458.0j3.3.0 ...0.0...1ac.Zm_lvYTA1FE


Some things to watch for:
1. Recovery time is longer. Creating a sleeve is major surgery. It takes longer to heal and the hospital stay is also a bit longer.
2. Your taste buds will change. You will have to figure out what foods you can tolerate and will actually want to eat.
3. You must eat and drink very slowly. You may lose the food either way if you go too fast.
4. There is dumping syndrome with the sleeve, but it is effected by fat not sugar. Too much fat will send the food right out again, with cramping and lots of gas as a warning.
5. It's not that easy to get in the minimum amount of protein and water every day. You will be eating or drinking small quantities all day long.
6. Don't go back to work too soon. You need the time to get strong again, mentally and physically.

All the best,

Mary
                              
pineview01
on 8/3/12 10:35 pm - Davison, MI
Mary very good "real" post.  I have seen my DD and Sister go thru it and you are right on.

That said, I still would do anything to get it after they get this band out.

BAND REMOVED 9-4-12-fought insurance to get sleeve and won!  Sleeved 1/22/13!  At third goal and "normal"

Zee Starrlite
on 8/6/12 9:42 am
VSG on 06/06/11 with
Hi Mary!

If you don't mind, I have to add or disagree with you on the following:

Some things to watch for:
1. Recovery time is longer. Creating a sleeve is major surgery. It takes longer to heal and the hospital stay is also a bit longer. I'd say it was equal healing compared to my Band
2. Your taste buds will change. You will have to figure out what foods you can tolerate and will actually want to eat.  FALSE for me and I can eat anything
3. You must eat and drink very slowly. You may lose the food either way if you go too fast. FALSE for me - I have never lost any food either way
4. There is dumping syndrome with the sleeve, but it is effected by fat not sugar. Too much fat will send the food right out again, with cramping and lots of gas as a warning.  Very FALSE for me
5. It's not that easy to get in the minimum amount of protein and water every day. You will be eating or drinking small quantities all day long. FALSE, FALSE, FALSE for me - no problems getting in as much food/nutriton as I need to and I can drink like a fish - this includes guzzling
6. Don't go back to work too soon. You need the time to get strong again, mentally and physically.  Back to work in 4 days PLUS Thanks be to God, I was able to take the NYC subway home alone

It is funny how we all have such a different experience.

Good luck on your journey!



3/30/2005 Lap Band installed  12/20/2010  Lap Band REMOVED  
6/6/2011 Vertical SLEEVE Gastrectomy

mary101678
on 8/6/12 12:34 pm - RI
VSG on 07/10/12 with
Thanks for your input. Point well taken that each person's experience will be different. I think your recovery sounds awesome. Mine has not been as quick as yours. If potential VSG patients want the range of recovery stories, it's a good idea to watch the YouTube videos and search for the week you are post surgery. For instance I'm now going on week 4 so I  search YouTube for week 4 VSG post op, and dozens of videos come up, each with interesting topics to be mindful of. It's also neat to see the more recent videos and see the amazing progress people have made.....

Good Luck to all who make the decision for the VSG.
Mary


http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vsg+week+4+post+ op&oq=vsg+week+4+post+op&gs_l=youtube.3...3633.8002.0.8250.1 5.14.0.1.1.0.211.1827.3j10j1.14.0...0.0...1ac.4rTqe_SrC2c
                              
Zee Starrlite
on 8/7/12 7:45 am
VSG on 06/06/11 with
Oh Mary, you are very early out.  Yes it is a sip, sip, sip, get your protein, vitamins kind of survival game.  I was obsessed with getting that right the first weeks/months out.  And yes, we have liquid poop because all we are consuming is liquids - that changes as we begin to incorporate solids into our diets.  I had lots of gut activity (intestinal noises, some gas - agh those protein drinks the smell would make me want to puke after awhile - I used LaBrada a lot and it was packed with fiber increasing the busy activity in my gut .  I posted a lot about that but  pinched my nose and got my protein in anyway agh!!!).

I am sorry, the first few weeks are difficult - they are.  I certainly wasn't attempting to  invalidate your experience at all.  I may not have read carefully and thought you were further out.  I believe most of those issues will resolve as you tiny stomach matures - even the simple carb/grease/sugar sensitivity. 

All best,
Leila

P.S. My Sleeve is awesome and I hope yours are too


3/30/2005 Lap Band installed  12/20/2010  Lap Band REMOVED  
6/6/2011 Vertical SLEEVE Gastrectomy

pineview01
on 8/6/12 9:44 pm, edited 8/6/12 9:44 pm - Davison, MI
The above points are TRUE for my DD and sister.  All but 1 as they ONLY got the sleeve after watching what I went thru with the band.
.
Zee is very lucky

BAND REMOVED 9-4-12-fought insurance to get sleeve and won!  Sleeved 1/22/13!  At third goal and "normal"

Zee Starrlite
on 8/8/12 8:36 am
VSG on 06/06/11 with
Yeah, I am real lucky.  I followed my early instructions to a T(I was obsessed and routined - my lips did not touch sugar nor fat those first weeks out)  and I prayed every single day not to have a leak.  I was scared smart and spared early complications.  I feel extremely lucky and so thankful because truly anything could have happened.

All Best!


3/30/2005 Lap Band installed  12/20/2010  Lap Band REMOVED  
6/6/2011 Vertical SLEEVE Gastrectomy

rnangieo
on 9/8/12 8:33 pm
VSG on 01/24/11 with
My recovery was very similar to yours. I did have a bit more pain, but I also had the band removed and the sleeve done, so I expected that. I can eat any food I want, just in small quantities. Other than the first few mnths, I have never had any problems with vomiting, diarrhea, gas, any of that stuff...The first probably 5-6 mths after surgery I had kind of a "dumping" syndrom with sugar, not fat, but it subsided and is completely gone now. I also have no heartburn at all, havent eaten any TUMS since 2010...LOL So happy that the band is gone! It was miserable! I wanted some broccoli so bad for 3 years,  but couldnt touch it without vomiting.....imagine, craving broccoli!!
Caramel_Blond
on 8/7/12 7:13 am - Wiesbaden, Germany
DS on 10/08/13
Thank you for such helpful feedback, just when I need it.
gorditabonita
on 8/7/12 5:53 pm - Springfield, VA
VSG on 01/23/13 with
Thanks for adding in your 2 cents. Did you have your band out and sleeve all in the same procedure? Maybe that's the difference? My dr wants to do them seperately.

HW - 287 (12/2007); GW - 165; CW - 164....proudly wearing a size 8!On my journey from LapBand to VSG.....LapBand on 12/19/07, LapBand removal on 8/8/12 and sleeve on1/23/13! Consider joining me at Band2Sleeve!( http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/Band2Sleeve/)  Friend me on MyFitnessPal too! I'm gorditabonita74.

Zee Starrlite
on 8/8/12 8:28 am
VSG on 06/06/11 with
I had my band unfilled for 6 months (so loose it was like I had no surgery at all - that was typical for me with the band  I was one whose band did not work without a fill) and then I had my band removed  6 months before I got sleeved.  So Band removed in December and then Sleeved in June.

I want to add to that my stomach is a little bigger.  I have to work at losing - still, it is so awesome to not be starvin' like Marvin all the time and to have an "end" to what I could eat - I can eat a decent , satisfying, normal amount and that is it.  Absolutely no regrets. I have a bottom and not the pit I was born with.  My doc said "now you are like the rest of your girlfriends"!  It is true, I am so normal!!!

Good luck to all you gonna be Sleevers!


3/30/2005 Lap Band installed  12/20/2010  Lap Band REMOVED  
6/6/2011 Vertical SLEEVE Gastrectomy

USAF Wife
on 8/4/12 6:01 am
I'm over 3 years out with my band to VSG revision.

Any specific questions I can answer, feel free to ask.

The cliffnotes version of my craptastic band experience to my wonderful sleeve experience:

Band October 2008 - problems started within 3 months, knew I would have to revise, flipped/migrated port, chronic stuck episodes, puking on water some days, nothing solid went down easily
June 2009 - Revised - had a complicated revision, including a leak, it was repaired, I survived, and I'm thriving.

Weight loss stats:

October 2008 Band weight 270lbs
Lost 23-25lbs first 3 months, started gaining due to having to eat sliders to get food down
June 2009 Revision weight - 263lbs

Achieved goal weight of 148lbs in 6.5 months with the sleeve, continued to lose another 25ish pounds over 4 months getting into maintenance. Total loss with VSG alone in 10.5 months is right around 137lbs.

From 270lbs to 125-130lb, size 22/24W pant to a size 2, I'm 5'2".

I'm over 3 years post-VSG, 7 months into my 2nd post-vsg pregnancy. Delivered a full term, beautiful, healthy, baby girl October 30, 2011, currently on track to delivery a handsome, wonderfully active and perfectly healthy little boy sometime during the second week of October 2012.

I gained 35lbs with my first post-VSG pregnancy. Lost 25lbs within 4-5 weeks, and 2 months later I was pregnant again. Thus far, 7 months in, I've gained 24lbs, however, I have not gained any weight in the last 6 weeks. My pregnancies have NOT been complicated by VSG, I'm able to eat enough food to support my body and the baby. My labs have remained stellar through both pregnancies, I take my same Celebrate multi vitamins in pregnancy, and eat between 1700-1800 calories a day for pregnancy.

Best wishes in your research. Every day I'm eternally grateful to be rid of the band, and to live the life I have had for the last 3 years. No regrets, best decision I ever made!
Band to VSG revision: June 3, 2009
SW 270lbs GW 150lbs CW Losing Pregancy Weight Maintenance goal W 125-130lbs


gorditabonita
on 8/4/12 8:58 am, edited 8/4/12 8:58 am - Springfield, VA
VSG on 01/23/13 with
Ok - you are AMAZING! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I really needed to read this today. I am starting to freak out about my band removal surgery on this Weds. Did you have yours done all at once - band to sleeve?

I am 5'2" as well....I can't even imagine weighing 125 and wearing a size 2. Making it to a 12/14 was such a dream come true for me. Now, I am back at 16.....hoping to get to a normal BMI and maybe a size 8. WOW....is all I can say.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!

HW - 287 (12/2007); GW - 165; CW - 164....proudly wearing a size 8!On my journey from LapBand to VSG.....LapBand on 12/19/07, LapBand removal on 8/8/12 and sleeve on1/23/13! Consider joining me at Band2Sleeve!( http://www.obesityhelp.com/group/Band2Sleeve/)  Friend me on MyFitnessPal too! I'm gorditabonita74.