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Kathy S.
on 1/21/19 5:40 am - InTheBurbs, XX
RNY on 08/29/04 with
Topic: RE: Cost of lap band removal without insurance?

Hi jaded_ainjel,

I would be glad to help you in any way I can. Sending you a private message.



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HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125

RW:190 - CW:130

on 1/20/19 10:42 pm - Medford, OR
Topic: RE: Cost of lap band removal without insurance?

I would greqtly appreciate any information/recommendations on lower cost lap band removal (even out of the country). Exact provider names. The lap band has not worked for me and I want Gastric Bypass which will be covered, but they will not perform the gastric bypass surgery until my lap band is removed and the removal is not covered by my insurance.

on 1/18/19 11:51 pm - chicago, IL
on 1/18/19 11:49 pm - chicago, IL
Topic: RE: Hello! I'm 10 years out and have a question. I've been dealing with aspiration & night cough a l

I caution you to be very careful with this. I myself experienced the same issues. 30 minutes after I would lay down I would wake up with acid in my mouth, even on an empty stomach. As time went on everything I ate including water started to come back up. I ignored this. Not wanting to get an unfill. On May 3rd 2017 I went to bed and woke up at 3 o'clock in the morning feeling as if I couldn't take a full breath. I coughed every time I tried to, this went on for an hour, I finally called 911 after it seemed to get worse. They thought I was having a panic attack because I was talking and I told them I could not breathe. I remember going to the ER in the ambulance and when I woke up two days later. I had been life flighted to a hospital two hours away. I had been on life-support in a coma from aspirated pneumonia. My family was there from outta town, they had been told I may not survive. My band was unfilled before I left the hospital, so I thought I found out later at an appointment the he had left 2cc in. I had that removed. I was diagnosed with acid reflux. My surgeon had the nerve to tell me to make an appointment to get a refill later. NO THANK YOU! I now sleep with a wedgy under my head. my band is completely unfilled and will be taken out in March of this year. By the grace of God and his mercy Im getting better each day. I caution you and anyone dealing with severe acid reflux and or a tight band not to ignore this.

on 1/13/19 6:20 am
VSG on 11/05/18
Topic: RE: To Lap-band or Sleeve??

Update to my post above: I am now 10 weeks post-op with my VSG. I feel excellent, I've had zero issues, and the best part: I'm down over 40 pounds. It's working exactly as advertised. If I had known then what I know now, I'd definitely have chosen the VSG eight years ago. :)


on 1/11/19 1:03 pm, edited 1/11/19 5:04 am
Topic: RE: Lap Band total and complete failure

Thank you, I appreciate hearing real stories, not the 'ideal' that is presented, I know most humans will avoid focus on the potential negatives, hoping it won't be them.

I was wondering, without an X-ray or catscan how the MD knows the band is even in the right place, especially in her case with feeling nothing at all??

Can they slip up and dangle around the opening to the stomach and do nothing, even if 'filled' correctly?

I am older than most all here, and I have seen many methods come and be popularized without years and years of study. People get angry with the FDA for not pushing some meds thru fast, and restricting food additives, devices, etc, but it seems there is reason for caution.

I am glad your removal did not complicate even having RNY, so you are young! and you persisted. I admire that.

I wish you both the best of luck.

Steph P.
on 1/10/19 4:32 pm - MN
Revision on 08/16/18
Topic: RE: Lap Band total and complete failure

I wanted the surgery that is the most effective and has been around the longest. There is a reason they call it the 'gold standard'. Also, with the reflux I had with the band I was scared the sleeve would make it worse and I would eventually need a 3rd surgery which I wanted to avoid.

I'm also afraid of dumping which is good motivation to not eat the things that would cause it. I didn't cheat once through this past holiday season which was a big accomplishment. I'm sure I'll test the boundaries at some point but I'm not ready to yet. Also, some people with the sleeve do dump as well, I just don't think it's as common.

I have had no issues with any of the foods I have tried to eat. Chicken, fish, turkey, pork has all been fine. The only thing I haven't had yet is beef/steak, but that is just personal preference.

Band to RNY 8/16/18

Age: 33, Height: 5'4"

HW: 299 (Pre-Lapband), RNY Consult: 260, SW: 248, GW: 145, CW: 169.8

Pre-op: -13, M1: -20, M2: -15, M3: -15, M4: -15, M5: -13, M6:

on 1/10/19 3:38 pm
Topic: RE: Lap Band total and complete failure

Thanks very much, Steph. I'm interested in why you wanted the RNY rather than the sleeve.

I'm leaning toward the sleeve because it does not have dumping syndrome, which terrifies me. But I'm afraid I won't lose as much, and I really, really need to lose weight.

I don't have diabetes (yet), but I do have food get stuck and come back up. Yuck! How has it been for you since your revision? Thanks for your help.

Steph P.
on 1/10/19 9:49 am - MN
Revision on 08/16/18
Topic: RE: Lap Band total and complete failure

I had the lapband in 2010 and while I did lose weight in the beginning it was short lived.

I had constant issues with finding my sweet spot, food getting stuck daily and reflux. I went back and forth with fills for a while and after years of no help I had my band emptied. It remained empty for 3 years, but that didn't help with the reflux and stuck issues (since the band itself creates the majority of the restriction). I finally got sick of it and went back pursuing a revision in Dec 2017.

They tried very hard to get me to go to the sleeve but I with my reflux and diabetes I was set on RNY. I also felt they largely oversold the lapband and I feared that they were doing the same thing with the way they pushed the sleeve.

Getting the revision was the best thing I have ever done. It has been so different and so much easier with the RNY. I haven't had reflux or any issues with food. I wish I had done this sooner and not put up with that crap for so long. You can see my stats and weight loss in my signature line. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Good luck to you!

Band to RNY 8/16/18

Age: 33, Height: 5'4"

HW: 299 (Pre-Lapband), RNY Consult: 260, SW: 248, GW: 145, CW: 169.8

Pre-op: -13, M1: -20, M2: -15, M3: -15, M4: -15, M5: -13, M6:

on 1/8/19 12:35 pm
Topic: RE: To Lap-band or Sleeve??

Hello - I've been banded since 2003. Other than 2 port replacements for punctures, I've had very little trouble until recently. A great increase in reflux, all fluid removed, still reflux and only limited quantities of food possible.

BA swallow = probable band slip, large hiatal hernia.

I'm going for a sleeve conversion in a few weeks. I lost 110 # overall, and have gained 25 back.

I will NOT be fat again!

The band was a good idea, but one that just didn't live up to expectations. It was too difficult to get filled correctly, it was too undependable, fill technicians - especially for those who were banded in Mexico - were nearly impossible to find. It was too easy to "eat around" and the pouch stretched far too easily if one overate - and who didn't? That was what got us all into trouble with our weight in the first place!

I'm very surprised anyone is doing the Band any longer. Several years ago, the Bariatric Society issued a statement that the band was proven to have poor outcomes.

I'd strongly recommend against the band, and for a sleeve, or bypass. Consult several top surgeons for information.