Lapband to sleeve.

Jason
on 9/22/12 5:45 am - Frosty!!!!, MN
Here I am 7 years after surgery all hope lost with band.The first year I lost 110 with band.
Was doing awesome to I overfilled and streaches esophagus.I have been filled and unfilled
several times. My insunce will cover taking it out and converting to sleeve.

Any input on sleeve if your esophagus as been streached?


Thanks  Jason
Jason
on 9/22/12 5:47 am - Frosty!!!!, MN
Btw profile is old still.I have put most weight back on.
Teresa J.
on 9/22/12 6:07 am - McKinney, TX
VSG on 08/06/12
 Hey Jason! Remember you from the lap and forum! I am 6 weeks out from the band to sleeve revision and have lost a total of 34 lbs. I am 3 lbs from my lowest with the band. I will tell you the first two weeks were HARD but I am loving my sleeve!! I was always able to overeat my band but am finding it impossible to do with the sleeve when I eat my protein first. There are lots of vets here that can give great advise. Best of luck!!


Teresa
                
Jason
on 9/22/12 6:17 am - Frosty!!!!, MN
HiTeresa I was on this board alot years ago. I should of 6 years ago had band removed.But I hoped I could get back to proper restriction someday.I was super impressed with band restriction before overfill.
bagelface
on 9/22/12 6:42 am
VSG on 08/22/12
 Hi Jason, I remember you from the lapband board too.  I revised to the sleeve a month ago.  The reflux and cough that I developed with the band are gone.  Like Teresa said, the first few weeks were rough, but it gets a lot better.  In my case the pain was the worst where the port was.  But I have not vomited since I got the band out.  Good luck with your revision.  Great news that insurance will cover it.  There is a failed lapband group and a band to sleeve group here on OH that you may want to check out. 
Jason
on 9/22/12 8:17 am - Frosty!!!!, MN
Must be alot of shy people on here!!!LOL

Does anyone know if you have streached esophagus will the sleeve still work?

Teresa J.
on 9/22/12 9:44 am - McKinney, TX
VSG on 08/06/12
One of my complications from the band was a stretched esophagus.  I seem to be doing just fine.


Teresa
                
rabid24
on 9/22/12 12:16 pm
Me too! I remember you from the lapband board :D Yes, we have kind of created a new lapband board over here I guess.

My story is exactly like yours. I've had my sleeve for 3 1/2 months now. I had gained all my weight back that I lost with the band plus 13. Life is good now. It took a few months for me to love my sleeve (never really LOVED my band..). I live like a normal person, I haven't thrown up once since the revision. I have pretty good restriction, but I haven't found anything that I just can't eat. I stay around 800-900 calories a day and I don't feel like I'm starving.

There are a bunch of us old lapbanders here. If you have any questions just ask!

Revised from band to sleeve on June 6th, 2012. Lost 48 pounds on my own in the 4 months prior to revision. 
     

Hislady
on 9/22/12 1:01 pm - Vancouver, WA
Annnnd guess what! I remember you from the band forum toooo! I'm still stuck with my band but it's been empty for about a year now. I hope to revise to the sleeve in a few years when I hit soc. sec. age. What I can tell you is that lots of folks are now sleeved that were banded and many, many of them had stretched or damaged esophogus, not to mention holes in their stomachs and other organs where the band eroded into them. So you are in good company here and won't be alone. Good luck to you!
 Join us at www.obesityhelp.com/forums/christianity for fellowship and support!
tripmom02
on 9/22/12 2:33 pm - NJ
VSG on 08/01/11 with

I am a band to sleever, little over one year out. Goal in six months and keeping my weight steady fairly easily for the last seven months! Its a whole new world.

Courtney - Lap band to VSG revision
      

    
Zee Starrlite
on 9/24/12 12:54 pm
VSG on 06/06/11 with
same issue as you!  I am terrific with my stomach sleeved


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

pineview01
on 9/24/12 9:48 pm, edited 9/24/12 9:49 pm - Davison, MI
My insurance wouldn't cover the convertion but, they did pay to take the
band out.  I had it taken out 9/4/12 after 3.5 years and it should have come out after the first year the first time my esophagus streached and inflamed.  
I too tried to save it and make it work.  I am now trying to get the insurance
to cover the sleeve.  They started a once in a lifetime policy while I was
trying to convert.

If yours pays for it I would have already have done it.

ps there is a brand new group band2sleeve for any interested.
http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/VSG/a,messageboard/

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

Jason
on 9/26/12 7:48 pm - Frosty!!!!, MN
thanks everyone for the advise!! I did see DR now I have a little hold up insurance.