Congrats to you, only people who have problems post here. I have had my lap band for over 13 years, not problem free, I have had my share of problems. I had my original band replaced back in 2012, I was more successful with my first band.
I know two people who still have bands. They both had surgery in 2003-ish... the same time I did. One hasn't lost any weight but still has his band. He doesn't actually get it filled anymore and his doctor stopped doing bands and moved out of state.
The other person has had success. She eats a vegetarian diet and exercises regularly. She's had some issues that required corrective surgeries, but is otherwise doing well.
Congratulations on your success! That's a pretty major accomplishment!
Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI
I have been banded since 2007 with zero problems.
I achieved all my goals and more.
I only had one fill within that first year.
The only scare I had was when I was weightlifting and stupidly overworked my core and I believe the band scraped my insides. I thought it had moved so I went in for scanning and it was still safely where it should be.
My plastic surgeon and I agreed to visit removing the band during my tummy tuck.
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Everything was always great for me Banded in 2007 and got below goal... Had to actually gain a bit (that's a first). I was going strong and well until Feb when an xray for something else showed my band slipped down and wouldn't let fluid through. Had to have it removed reluctantly but necessary.
Now I am gaining and scrambling to try to figure out my next move.
I was banded in 2008, I was 256 at the time of surgery and I loss approx. 30lbs. I had some issues with my esphogus enlarged due to the restriction of the band. My band was unfilled 6 mos. after it's placement and remained unfilled for 9 years. I had also developed major indigestion and heartburn so my band was removed in 2017. Lastly, my voice became permanently deeper due to the effects of the band.
I was so happy to have that device out of my body.
I made it 13 years with only minor slippage and reflux as issues. Sadly, I had to have the band removed in March due to a full slippage and flipping of the band but to be honest, I don't care. I still would rather take that over having parts of my body cut on if possible. I lost 185lbs with the band and I can't sing its praises enough. It technically does have a high complication rate in terms of slippage but I do believe that it is not a fault of the surgery itself but of our eating habits with the band, me included. Despite my hardest efforts, I have quickly gained 20lbs and am looking to return to Mexico to have a new band placed. I am quite determined to not have the sleeve done (I did not have any damage to my stomach from the previous band).
I'm curious -- how did they get the band in (and out) without cutting on you?
6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.
Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.
M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.