In January 2008, I decided to started my weight loss surgery journey. After a referral from my boss, I went to Beth Isreal in Boston, MA. I am so happy I did!! Dr. Jones is THE BEST! The support team is awesome. I felt very comfortable with my decision. The process was great and very thorough. I felt like I was in good hands.
In March 2008, I had a lap band put in. It was GREAT. I had a great weight loss and was extremely happy.
In April 2009, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I was so happy but very nervous. I was concerned about his nurishment due to the lap band being placed a year ago. I immediately scheduled an appointment with my surgeon. He wasn't too concerned because I didn't get bypass. It was just an unfill and I was on my way. I WAS SO RELIEVED!!
I didn't have any issues until my 8th month. (At this point I had only gained 3 lbs my whole pregnancy) Something was terribly wrong. I couldn't hold down anything for 3 DAYS! I scheduled an emergency appointment and I was immediately admitted for dehydration. Dr. Jones said it could have been a prolapse but further tests would have to determine that but it would be a rare occassion. I was put in an OB waiting room until we could get in for x-rays. I was so nervous.
Long story short... After my barium swallow x-ray, it was determined that my lap band had prolapsed and I had to get emergency surgery. I just broke down. So many things were going through my head. He was a healthy little boy just over 5 pounds and I was assured there would be a team of OB doctors/nurses to stand by during the surgery to deliver IF anything went wrong but signing that dreadful paperwork was so nerve racking!
The surgery went VERY well. Dr. Jones did a great job and most important Caden was healthy! I was ready to carry full term (which I did!) Delivery went well and I had a healthy 7lb baby boy.
Well, I wasn't prepared for the tremendous weight gain after the baby. I lost complete control. I was working an hour from home. It was so hard to balance life. It took me about 7 months to decide to go down the weight loss surgery path again. I scheduled an appointment with my surgeon and booked my gastric bypass/gallbladder removal for October 12, 2010. I know there are A LOT more risks which is why a friend referred me to this community. I do my research but I want info first hand. Maybe meet someone who has been in my situation? I look forward to meeting new friends!