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Sashidhar Ganta, M.D.
Dr. Ganta was very professional and a good listener. He was aware before we met of the research I had done on the surgery so our meetings were short and to the point. The surgery went well and I feel confident to be in his care. rnrnI was a self pay and he was very careful to find the least expensive places to send me to for pre-op tests & services. rnrnHis office coordinator Joy was very sweet and helpful whenever I had a question or problem. rnrnI would recommend his services to anyone seeking a surgeon in the Austin area, ecspecially someone who does not have insurance coverage. rnrn
Surgery Date - 10/10/07 (10cc Band)
Starting Weight - 284 lbs
Starting Size - 26/28
My Lap Band story was years in the making. Years of losing and then gaining. I'm monster good at losing weight, but even better at gaining. The camel-breaking straw was when I lost 90lbs and gained back 95lbs all in an 18 month period. At that point the light bulb went off and I realized with blazing clarity that my weight problem went beyond self-control and life style and had some kind of deeper medical problem. Maybe it was DNA, maybe it was a wiring issue, whatever the problem was I COULD NOT fix it on my own. I made up my mind that I would seek medical help. I did the research and decided that Lap Band was the most obvious "treatment" for me.
Reasons for choosing Lap Band:
Least invasive (laproscopic - only 5 small incisions)
Least expensive ($12,500 - surgeon, hospital, anesthesiologist)*
Adjustable - when lose weight and want to eat more normally can unfill, when need to lose weight can fill
No over night hospital stay
No re-routing organs
*I was a self-pay and had NO insurance.
10/10/07 - My surgery went great. I had a small hernia that needed to be repaired. I was under for about 1 hour and went home the same day. I arrived at the hospital at 7:30am and was home by 5:00pm. I was in pain the first day. Uncomfortable the next few days. Slow for a week. And back to normal about 10 days out. The WORST part of the surgery was the GAS! Burping and burping and burping for days! Not just little bubbles either, painful, full on BELCHES. Grown man, truck driver, lumber jack burps! I still get more gas then I ever used to but it's a little more feminine, lunch lady now.
11/1/07 - Losing weight but now that the swelling has gone down I'm not feeling any restriction. I can eat anything I want in almost the same amounts that I used to.
12/12/07 - My first fill. 3cc. Was not painful, fast and easy. Did not make me feel restriction. Still able to eat just about anything in any amount.
1/12/08 - My second fill. Up to 4cc. Felt little bit of difference the first week. Not feeling anything 1 1/2 weeks out.
2/7/08 - My third fill. Up to 5cc. Oh, this is Restriction! Definitely finally feel a difference. Can eat very little, get full fast, HAVE to chew a lot and eat slowly or I throw-up, salivate like a St. Bernard or burp up chunks. MMMMMMM! Welcome to the Band!
3/20/08 - My fourth fill. Up to 5.5cc. Ahhh restriction is back! I lost a really good amount of weight in the 6 weeks since my last fill and needed to get a little bit more added. Apparently as you lose weight the fat pad around your stomach shrinks and so the band loosens up. Apparently I lost some fat pad! This fill is working great.
4/24/08 - My fifth fill. Up to 6cc. Ohhh yeah, tighten up! I actually slimed on Carnation Instant Breakfast! I'm sure it will loosen up in a few days but whew Baby Band-danny is giving Sister Stomach some big ole squeezes!
7/11/08 - My 6th fill. Up to 6.3cc. Holy too tight Batman!
7/31/08 - My first unfill (boohoo) -.8ccs. Down to 5.5cc. I'm scared to be without good restriction but after being too tight for 3 weeks my poor little band needs some rest and my body needs some FOOD!
How I Work the Band
am - 30 minutes walking (M-F)
pm - 45-60 minutes dancing, weights, walking or a combo of the three (M-Th)
I try to eat like I'm NOT on a diet. I try to make healthy choices in small portions, eat a decent amount of protein, and always eat a little dessert. I drink lots of water (ecspecially at night so I don't munch).
I DON'T eat/drink alcohol, carbonated beverages, red meat/pork. (Everything but the carbonated beverages are of my own choice, NOT a part of the typical Band Diet.)
I'm still a work in progress. I'd like to go from 284lbs down to 149lbs. That's a total of 135 lbs. Please click on Health Tracker to see how I'm doing.