- HEALTH TRACKER
Hi Michelle. I've had a Band over Bypass (BOB) in June of 2011. I had my RNY in 2002 went from 305 to 175. I regained back to 250 from years 2008 - 2011. I am now at 170. I love my Band but its a totally different animal then the RNY. Its tough. The Gastric Bypass was a PIECE OF CAKE! My suggestion, finjd a new surgeon, get the notes from your old surgeon, ask for a ct scan of your abdomen as well as a endoscopy. This will show if you have a stretched stoma and/or an enlarged pouch, From there, discuss options. Also, check your insurance carrier to see what their rules are on revisions as well as WLS. Some insurances see the BOB as a 'new surgery' some see it as a revision. But, get the facts first and remember, weight loss with the band IS REALLY slow. Its a diet.
Rock, it does work for many of us. Just as lapbands fail, so do RNYs. So do all WLS actually. I realize my band may fail me in the future, but, currently it is now, and for that I am grateful, As long as I am alive, I will be proactive in my healthcare and my weightloss.
I've had the Band over Bypass (BOB). I had it done in June 2011. I had the RNY in 2002. It has worked well for me and many others I've known who have done the same. Please read my profile, I've blogged a bit about the experience and most of my "friends" are BOBsters as well.
Oh, and I'm back at goal.
The first thing you need to do is go see your surgeon. You need to talk about why this is happening or has happened. Ask for a CT Scan of your abdomen and also an endoscopy. It will tell you if your pouch has stretched or if you have an enlarged stoma. You cannot do anything or even consider anything before you know the root cause.
Hey Bobster. Good Luck. Hit me up if you need anything. Good luck next week. I am 18 mos post-BOB and doing great.
Hi I am a BOBster as well. I had to do 2 weeks of liquids too. It wasn't so bad after day 3. I drank atkins shakes, slim fast and mixed carnation instant breakfast with real milk. I also ate a TON of proegresso soup (WW version) with veggies and also tomato soup with fiber. Yes, I cheated a bit, but, it helped. I was allowed protein shakes, all veggies, soup, broth and liquids but no alchol. I also would go to chipolte and eat the lettuce, chopped tomatoes, corn and salsa. I am not sure how 'strict' your doctor is but I was allowed more than shakes. I did shakes days 1-5, days 6-10 I ate the other stuff and 11-14 shaked again. its to shrink your organs and defat your liver. It made my recovery easy. I walked home from the hopsital and went out that night and to work the next day.
Email if you need anything. There are many Bobs on here, but, not always out and about bc of the bandbashers. Most people on my profile as 'friends" are BOBs. I am at goal, 170. I am happy and I love my band. But, be forewarned, its 10000000X different that the RNY. Its hard. Its rough and its like shoping at TJ Maxx, sometimes you find what you want, other times failure.
I suggest you seriously re-think your decision. i am sorry to burst your ballon, so to speak, but, its a FACT that the rose doens't work. I have read nothing positive about the procedure nor have I met or spoke with anyone who lost anything after the initial procedure. Based on the fact that your stoma has enlarged, you should investigate a revision to your RNY to another RNY or something else. Don't do a ROSE just to have a 3rd surgery in 6 to 18 mos.
I had an RNY in 2002, I went from 3015 to 175 and back up to 250. I had a BOB last June (2012) and I am down at 170. I love my band. Now, I won't tell you a BOB will work for you bc you have an enlarged stoma and I have a fully intact stoma and an enlarged pouch. But, what I do know is the ROSE won't work and you will be heavier than you are now and miserable and exploring a 3rd revision. Investigate the BOB, a revised RNY, a sleeve or the DS. Don't pick something that has little or no success rate and isn't even "real WLS". Plus, now that most insurance companies have instituted a "1 WLS per lifetime" don't waste your revision on the ROSE.
Marie, I used Dr, Leitman too, August 2002. While I love Dr. Leitman with all my heart, he had a trenchancy to make the pouches very large - hence the regain. He is at Beth Isreal now, head of surgery. When he first moved, he was still doing surgery but since he never learned "lap" he was kind of left out. I emailed him initially and I ended up seeing Roslin at Lenox and Kurian at NYU. Roslin wanted me to do a ful on revision of my RNY but it was major surgery and the complication rate was very high. He advised against DS bc of my open RNY plus I didn't have a lot of weight to lose. I then went to see Kurian over at NYU, she suggested both the RNY revision and the BOB. I wanted the BOB as I has heard of many success stories plus, my stoma was still intact and I had a very large pouch, it seemed right for me and I was a volume eater. I had the BOB done June 2012, went from 250 to 170 - I love it. I have restriction, I cannot eat a lot and it gives me back control.
I wish you the best and I hope it works for you. I just know if you don't have restriction that you are seeking you will be continuously fighting a losing batte - I know I was.
Marie, I have to agree with others, this 'overstitch' procedure is a flavor of the month and I've never heard anything positive. When you were considering your revision, what was the reason for your weight gain? Did your pouch stretch? Did you have an enlarged stoma? What? I know you said you had surgery originally in NYC (I did both of my original and revision here in NYC), di did you email him or her for his/her opinion?
I had an RNY in 2002, I lost 130lbs - going from 305 to 175. I regained to 250 and in June of 2011, I had a Band over Bypass (BOB). I've lost 70lbs, have more restriction than I ever did with the RNY and very happy with my procedure.
You need to have a chat with your surgeon. I'd ask why you aren't feeling restriction - if you are supposed to.
Good Luck - Heather
Hey, I have a BOB too and my first surgery, the RNY, was Open so the whole "air" and "gas" was new to me. I'd say if it continues you should speak to your doctor bc I recall feeling that way for the 1st week, but, not much after that? I also had a hernia repair too and my gassy/air discomfort only lasted a week. Why not email your doctor and ask his/her advice.
Good Luck, use BOBsters need to stick together.
· I lost 130lbs
· I had a Lower Body Lift, a tummy tuck and lipo (6/04)
· I left my ex-husband (7/04)
· I got a divorce (2/06)
· I had a breast lift, a reduction and a brachioplasty – arm lift (3/06)
· I walked away from my 6-figure wallstreet job to go back to school (5/07)
· I started my MBA (1/08)
· I threw out my back, had a bulging disk and started gaining weight (7/09)
· I graduated with honors (9/09)
· I re-gained 75lbs (6/10)
· I spoke to a surgeon about a revision (8/10)
· I got a revision – Band over Bypass (6/11)
· I was laid off (10/11)
· I found a job (6/12)
· I re-lost the 75lbs I gained (8/12)
A lot can happen in 10 yrs. Weight loss surgeries fail can and will FAIL. It doesn’t matter if which surgery you have - stomach stapling, RNY, DS, Band, sleeve, etc. People Fail - whether it be the patient or the doctor. In my case, my doctor was VERY conservative with my pouch size and as such, in my opinion, I was set up for failure. Pre-RNY, I was a volume eater. I was not a sweet eater not was I a grazer but boy could I eat. So, I thought the RNY would fix that. It did for awhile, but, with a pouch that wasn’t as small as others, I continued to overeat.
Fast forward to 2011, I am 250lbs. I investigated both a BOB, an RNY revision and a DS. I consulted 2 fabulous doctors, Dr. Mitchell Roslin and Dr. Marina Kurian. I went with Dr. Kurian. Both used to be in practice with Dr. Leitman, at Lenox Hill, back in 2002 and knew me, my habits and my personality from 7-8 years of support group attendance.
Today, I am 10yrs post-op RNY and 14 mos post-op BOB. Will the Band fail like the RNY, maybe? If I believe everything others on these boards say, yes it will. But, you know what, if it does, I can fix it again. I am lucky to live in a country where Doctors are always looking to improve what already exists and/or discover something new.
Don't let anyone tell you you CANNOT! I know its cliche, but, you can do anything you set your mind too. And, if you encounter obstacles, seek help. Just educate yourself as much as possible. Don't follow the pack or be bullied into something you don't want. If you want something bad enough, find a way to get it.