on 3/14/18 4:20 pm
Revision on 03/09/08

I just had my lap band removed after 12 years which did nothing (DMC Detroit)and 13,000 back then.(Dr.Webber)

Why are these Doctors continuing to perform this as they know the band starts to come apart. Mine dropped which was pulling on a downward motion, having problems breathing and pain in my groin. Not once did I receive anything from Dr. Webber in DMC for a recall or it falls apart after 12 years....they just want to make the after seeing him recently 7 months ago it was another 18,000 to go to a gastric sleeve....his team sucked could care less about the patient.

I did consult Doctors in Port Huron, Michigan and they wanted 25,000 to remove lap band and have the gastric sleeve performed.

I thought of Mexico...well that thought went out the door after contacting Dr. Pleatman in Michigan. After my orientation I was astounded on how mnay patients come from all over the country. That day one from Ohio, one from Indiana so the word is out.

The biggest seller is that he teaches these doctors the vertical sleeve operation. The doctor in Port Huron and many more in Michigan and Ohio.

So Dr. Pleatman performed my surgery 6 days ago and I feel great on the liquids following the guidelines. Well Done Dr. Pleatman.

Oh by the way he does not perform lap band surgeries....

The hospital was like a 5 star hotel, you had your own room just beautiful, nurses checking on you all the time. Awesome

Sheila H.
on 3/15/18 7:38 am
RNY on 05/21/18 with

I have to agree. I had the procedure done twice - both times they slipped. AND I was self-pay!!! My last band was removed 5 years ago and I'm now going to get bypass.

on 3/19/18 12:51 pm

Yeah I agree, I got my lap and done in 2007. It slipped after losing most of my weight. I got acid reflux and horrible coughing due to it. The Dr who put it in agreed to replace it w a larger band. I came out of surgery w no band. He said I wasn't a good candidate for LB. Hmmm it worked for 2 yrs. I gained wt back then in 2011 had RNY. I am now 7 yrs post and still losing slowly....about 17 lbs to go.

When I had LB I had trouble getting lean meat to go down. I ended up eating ice cream and foods not on diet bc it went down so much better. That is a big problem for LBers

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Barbara Maples :Starting Wt253/Surg Wt/223/Wt Now 133/GW130 /5 '3... LapBand 7/07/2007,-75lb, LB slipped and was removed 2009, weight gain followed, RNY 6/12/2011-120b. 3 lb to goal!!!

on 4/16/18 12:23 pm
Revision on 10/04/16

5% of all people are sociopaths....stands to reason that also applies to doctors. My doc says any doctors still doing the band should be sued for malpractice. they are well aware of the complications.

Band-RNY revision age 50 5'4" HW 260 SW: 244 (bf healthy range 23-35%) bf 23.7% (at 137lbs) cw range 135-138.lbl with butt lift and mastoplexy March 23, 2018...2.5lbs removed.

Pre-op-16lbs (size 18/20...244) M1-16lbs (size 18...228) M2-15.6lbs (size 16/18...212.4) M3-10lbs (size 16..202.4) M4-11.4lbs (size 14...191) M5-10.8lbs (size 12...180.2) M6-8.4 (size 8/10...171.8) M7-6.4 (size 8...165.4 lbs) M8-11.6 (size 6...153.8) M9-5.6 (size 4/6...148.2) M10-5.8 (size 4....142.4) M11-4 (size 2/4...138.4) Surgiversary -1 (size 2/4...137.4) M13-2.6 (size 2/4...134.8) M14 (size 2/4...134.8) M15 (size 2...135) M16 (size 2...131.4) M17 (size 2...135) M18 (size 2...135) M19 (size 2...138) M20 (size 2...135) M21 (size 2...138)

on 4/18/18 11:47 am - Flowery Branch, GA

Youngmi could you please elaborate on the lapband falling apart issue? I have been considering getting mine removed. Not sure if I'd revise to VSG or just be done with bariatrics (I still have 100 lbs to lose). I have minor issues ... hard hiccups and BAD muscle cramps around my port when I do certain exercises/stretches. I feel like my band is a ticking time bomb... I feel like it's only a matter of time before it starts to give me hell. But then I find myself thinking I'll be fine with it because mine is empty and has been for years.

What sucks is even though it's empty I still have issues eating certain foods. Like lean chicken.

I agree, the band shouldn't even be done anymore.

(deactivated member)
on 4/28/18 8:06 am

My band was removed after 6 years and I presented with a very severe infection. It was a port infection and was removed immediately. I am wondering what to do next. That was 6 months ago and I am gaining weight but my BMI is only 32.4

Mary F.
on 4/29/18 10:28 pm - East Windsor, NJ

After a port replacement a couple of years into LB (had LB in 2007) mine also slipped down and cut off my small intestines after 11 years. Had to have an emergency removal. Now fighting to get a new "tool" in place as I was actually very successful with the band even though it gave me crazy bad GERD. Damn insurance grrrrr

Lynn C
on 5/1/18 8:52 am

banded in 205 - lost 100lbs - removed in 2010 due to prolapse. Revised to VSG during removal (big mistake as my sleeve is huge due to the stomach not having time to heal from the band). Gained back my 100 lbs plus. Started Keto in Dec 2017...down 35lbs and finally starting to have a normal relationship with food.

Lynn C ~
Banded 9/12/2005 ~ Revision to VSG on 9/7/2010 ~ Losing again with a Keto lifestyle

on 5/5/18 1:51 pm
RNY on 10/17/17

My surgeon said the only thing he does with lapbands is remove them.

on 7/31/18 11:39 am

Your surgeon sounds like a good man. Mine is terrible. I am working to get it removed.