New life for old band?

kimkimmie
on 5/3/22 9:32 pm - Jacksonville, FL

Hi everyone! I was banded April 10, 2008. I had a solid 5-6 years of success with my band. I lost 160 pounds & kept it off. At some point after losing almost all of the weight I wanted to lose, I started eating carbs again at first in controlled portions. Over time little by little I could eat more & more. Over the past 8 years I put back on 100-120 pounds. That is:9 hard to type. My understanding is that my band was tight & the volume of Food would stay above the band. All I know is my breaks were gone No more discomfort and no more sliming when I overate. I was having Night coughs & sometimes I'd wake up choking with acid or fluid in m lungs & chest.

in February we did a complete unfill. My appetite and ability & desire to eat large quantities is back to pre band levels.

im wondering if anyone else experienced this & waited 12 weeks to let things settle & got a re-fill. If so I'd love to hear your experience. Can my band work again like it did in the beginning?

I'm hoping that I get a do over. I wish I would have known then what I know now & started with vsg but I didn't. I just losty best friend of over 30 years to a blood clot becoming a pulmonary embolism at age 48, & now I'm afraid to get another surgery. Hers wasn't related to baristric surgery but it's very much in my head now. Also I know a revision to vsg can have more issues than that being the only surgery. Sometimes with deadly results. So that is how desperate I am to have my band work again & re-lose this weight regain. It's my best shot and I know me well enough to know I can do it but I absolutely need a tool to help me. If not the mountain is too high to climb all on my own.

thanks for your time.

Love,

Kim

White Dove
on 5/5/22 11:28 pm - Warren, OH

I am sorry you have gone through so much. Acid reflux is often terrible with VSG. I personally believe that the big weight loss with surgery is a once-in-a-lifetime event. We learn how to eat around the restriction and gain the weight back. I do believe that you can lose the weight again, but not with surgery. I have found that the only way I can lose and maintain my weight is with diet and exercise.

My regain started at 30 months after RNY and I joined Weigh****chers when I was seven pounds above goal. I count WW points and eat any food that I want. I don't restrict any food groups, but do eat a lot of veggies and lean proteins. I track food and exercise. I drink a lot of water and weigh myself daily. I am obsessed with the scale but for me that is a good thing. I have gained and loss many times after surgery. I am currently eight pounds over my goal and hoping to lose at least two pounds this month. Weigh****chers published a book last year called, The Shift. It is full of people's experience and common sense approaches to dealing with weight. I hope you can get a copy and read it. Good luck with everything.

I eat bread, pasta, sugar, cake, cookies, candy, and potatoes. But I weigh measure and track what I eat. I don't believe that 1000 calories from bread is anymore fattening than 1000 calories from chicken. But the chicken is much more filling.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

kimkimmie
on 5/6/22 4:46 am - Jacksonville, FL

Thank you!! I have an appointment towards the end of June to get some more info. I plan to try to do better with diet & adding in activity is a must that I have to start doing.

~Kim 

***I was at 27 pounds lost on the day of surgery -- the loss shown on ticker includes my pre-op weight loss***
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