It has been a few weeks since I posted... I had my 3rd fill today.
As of yesterday (6 weeks post opp) I've lost 20 lbs. I've gone from 258lbs to 238lbs.
I do not feel a lot of restriction with the band. I would guess about 30% after yesterdays fill.
A few days ago I took myself off of the low carb/high protein diet they had me on and started doing low fat. Making sure I'm also fitting protein in. This is how I lost my weight the first time (along w/ RNY) and kept it off for 12 years. Now I know most of you are thinking that 20 lbs is a good amount of weight to lose in 6 weeks but.... Remember a lot of that was due to liquid diets they put you on. Two weeks after surgery and also after every fill, you go on a liquid diet for 2 days. So 20 days of my 6 weeks was liquid diet.
There is a little restriction so it does help. I was worried when my Dr. told me yesterday that I was up to 7(cm?) of the 10 that could be put in. She told me not to worry because I am getting restriction and it's just a matter of finding that spot that makes me feel 65-70% restriction. She said after that.... My adjustments would just consist of small tune ups of like 1/2- 1 (cm?)
Gotta run for now... Hope all is going well!
Revision of a primary bariatric surgery procedure that has failed due to dilation of the gastric pouch is considered medically necessary if the primary procedure was successful in inducing weight loss prior to the pouch dilation, and the member has been compliant with a prescribed nutrition and exercise program following the procedure. (This was the requirement that got me approved. This is the one that will get a lot of people approved as most of the revisions are needed due to pouch dialation)
If AETNA did not approve me... I was ready to go to court because I met all of the requirements above. Koodo's to them for not being Aholes like a lot of the other insurance companies and making it impossible to get revision surgery. Most require Comorbs... however for many of us... The Comorbs went away when the weight was lost the first time.
I really lucked out because the job I started in December gave me medical insurance from day one...
Now to answer your question... The band was not painful just a little uncomfortable. On a scale 1-10.... I rank my worse pain at a 5... It was NOTHING like the bypass. It did hurt a little when I sipped my first little cup of water. It was weird because most of my pain was in my right ovary. So, when I woke up.. Just for a second, I though they did the wrong surgery... lol
I think if ANYONE has this surgery... you may want to give yourself a good week before returning to work or doing anything too strenuous... I know people say you can go back to work in 3 days... But I was very weak and wanted to sleep A LOT... I had 11 days off total. I had surgery on a thurs... took Thurs/Fri and all that next week off. I wanted as many weekends as I could fit in.
You still have to diet.... actually it's not diet.. it's making the decision to eat the right way at every meal... I felt restriction for about a week after surgery (because of swelling) ... then I didnt feel it anymore. I was afraid that I may have messed it up already as I had been lifting my 21 lb baby.. But the Dr. said that was normal... Because my band was not filled as of yet... Then just this past week... I've really not had much of an appetite... I go for my first fill on 5/28... I will be curious to see how much restriction I have.
I REALLY DO THINK THIS PROCEDURE IS GOING TO WORK AS A REVISION SURGERY!!
Should you want to contact me directly... My email address is [email protected].. Good luck!