After 10 years with a Realize Band, I am having it removed and revising to a VSG on Tuesday morning.
i was very successful with the band for the first 6 years or so ... and maintained a 130 pound weight loss.
over the last 4 years, I have had reflux issues and regained about 50 pounds.
My band has slipped and there is really no protocol for repair since bands are not done anymore.
I got to live my 50's in a healthy body, thanks to the band and now plan to live my 60's and beyond with the revision.
Can't wait to be back on the losers bench in a few days!!
I have something similar going on. My realize band was almost full. The previous person filled it and then left. It took me more than a year and a half to finally tire of throwing up every other week, so I finally complained. Two weeks ago .9 was taken out. I feel like I have a new lease on life. There is no restriction at all. I inquired late last week about putting a little back in and got the reply that they wanted to wait a month before making a decision. It was such a relief to eat broccoli and other foods again. I was afraid I was going to lose my band. Good luck with your upcoming surgery!!
"bands are not done anymore"
I hadn't heard this. It's good news for sure and I knew they weren't doing as many as they did 10 years ago but I didn't know they weren't done at all anymore? Or is it your surgeon's office that just doesn't do them?
IMO, someone who has been successful with a band can pretty much have success with any surgery.
Good luck with your revision; I'm glad you're getting that thing out of there. =)
Hey, Amy --- yes, I was very happy with my band for over 7 years.
Life got busy (I became a foster parent at age 58 and began raising babies!! Can you believe it!!!)
I probably stopped paying enough attention to how and what I eat -- and I gained some weight. I probably should have gotten some fluid out of my band, but I ignored the discomfort and kept changing diapers.
I have a pretty significant slip -- and it is helped by fluid removal, but nothing is going to 'fix' it. In my mind, I can try to live with this -- and fight the weight gain without fluid -- or I can suck it up and get the band out and revise.
When I first got my band, we thought it was a 'lifetime' device -- and now that we know better -- and figure it will have to come out at some point - then why put it off -- my health is only likely to get worse and not better on its own -- so do the surgery while I am in good shape and let it help me remove the excess weight and get a 'do-over'.
I'm not sorry that I had my band 10 years ago -- but like Maya Angelou said, "when we know better, we can do better:.
Isn't it amazing how very much things have changed in the last 10 years?
Totally understand why you're just going ahead and having it taken out now. I would imagine there's a credible threat of having it break apart or erode if it's just left sitting in there. There's not a doubt in my mind that you'll have complete success with your revision and I hope your recovery is an easy one.