Jen, I was banded in 2009 and had no major issues or significant weight gain until 2017. I found out in 2017 that I had a slip and needed to have the fluid taken out of my band to see if the band would reposition itself, unfortunately it did not and about that same time I was laid off and had no insurance for almost six months...I forgot to mention that the heartburn and reflux is so bad at this point, I sleep sitting up and since the fluid removal I've gained about 15lbs. So, yes you will probably gain a few pounds but, it can be somewhat controlled. I am in the process of getting approval for a revision because my slip is so severe.
I also enjoy walking (2 miles 3 days a week) and listening to motivational weight loss podcast that help keep me going. Keeping down food is difficult when I choose to mindlessly eat, so I'm learning to eat when hungry and write down what I'm going to eat daily...this practice also helps with overeats but, it ain't perfect lol.
I understand your situation but it will take some time I guess. I got mine done here
I feel like this is my story for the most part. I too am having eating issues. One day I can have food no problem, next day I am throwing up milk..miserable. I miss being able to actually eat food and not worrying about it. I hope you are able to go through the process and it all works out for you!!
I can't even begin to say how sad it is that I sit here and almost weigh in at what I weighed pre-band. I have days where I can eat, days where I can't. Never know from one day to the next. Sometimes I toss up even milk, other days I can eat a dry salad like nothing...it makes things tough. I can't really eat fibrous veggies, can't eat most meats most of time. I had an exam done a couple years ago and was recommended to do a reversal (different insurance from when I started) my new ins of course provides no weight loss coverage, whatsoever. When I had seen the Doc. he said that I shouldn't have more fluid removed because it would cause me to gain more weight...well in the last year I have gained almost 50lbs. I had to have a hysterectomy and of course that ballooned me up...just down. After my surgery my husband left me for another lady and my band experience declined as I was a single mom, and then going to school and no money whatsoever. I did overcome these things and finally got back down to 208 lbs. never below 200 :-( Now I am almost 260...
Anyone have any luck taking all fluid out and trying to weight loss on there own? I miss being able to actually eat and have energy. I walk over 12,000 steps a day and try to eat right when I can eat. I do have a bad habit of sweets when I can't eat anything else. (nothing else stays down) just seeing if anyone else is having these issues.
Congrats on your 10 years of success! From what I've seen, most banders don't make it 10 years, so again, congrats! I'm also 10 years out this year, and I wanted a sleeve revision 2 years ago, but:
1. the surgeon told me no, because I lost and kept off weight since my 1st surgery,
2. and he went on to say that the insurance company wouldn't approve it because of my improved condition.
So another congrats for getting through to a more advanced tool and the better results ahead!
Hi Stacy, I'm sorry you had pain and needed your band removed. You're not alone, that's for sure. I hope you heal well and feel better quickly.
After I got my band out, I had high hopes that I wouldn't be able to eat large quantities because it felt as if my stomach had shriveled into the size of a pea. But that all changed very quickly. It didn't take long at all before I felt like I could eat everything and then some.
I only kept the weight off by extreme dieting and intense workouts. Once I stopped both of those things, I regained. If I could do it over again, I would choose to do a moderate exercise routine such as walking daily and some strength training instead of going so overboard and burning out. And maybe a dietician/support group for help with meals, etc. Hindsight is 20/20, of course.
Best of luck to you.
Avoid kemmerling, Green Bay, WI
Thank you so much for your story. You are a blessed woman. I am 10 years out and have been ignoring for my cough, vomiting and reflux for about 4 weeks now. Your feedback inspired me to schedule an appointment with my physician for an adjustment. I hope I have not caused any damages.
Unfortunately 15k to 20k is around the norm for placement or removal of the band. It is half the price in Mexico.
Do you have insurance now?
I had to have my Realize band removed this past Thursday. I had it placed Nov 24, 2008. I had tremendous success, even did 2 pregnancies while I had the band, losing all of my baby weight from each. My body just wasn?t working it anymore. My doctor thought it was my hiatal hernia opened back up but once inside discovered that a tremendous amount of scar tissue around the band itself And that coupled with my scoliosis increasing in the last 10 years by about 12-14 degrees had increased the bend in my esophagus. So a good decision to have it out! I am sad though because I did so well for so many years and now it was just pain all the time. I'm really tore up about having it out.
My question: to those who had their band for a long time (greater than 5 years), how was did you feel eating after it was taken out? Did you feel extremely full even after a small bit of food? I start back to solid food tomorrow. I can?t tell though if it?s just internal swelling from the procedure or maybe my ?bottom stomach? shrunk considerably during my 10+ years with the band.
Pre-Op wt : 210 (Nov 08)
Lowest Post-op wt: 145 (Jul 12)
Removal wt: 185 (Feb 19)