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I'm considering the Lapband surgery any advice

Postby AussieLu » Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:57 pm

Has anyone had or know of someone who has had this done?
i want to know all the things that the doctors probably wouldnt tell you.

like can you eat normal food afterwards?
how has your diet changed?
how quickly did the weight come off?

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Postby Lisa79 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:37 pm

I know of 1 person who has had it. I'm not close to them so don't know all the details.
But they were pushing 300lbs if not more.
Got it done, and they've lost a good bit of weight. I'm not sure how much, but looking at her, she's probably lost 100lbs or more. I'm not sure how long it took her to lose it. Pretty sure under a year though. I know she recently had surgery to remove all of the excess skin.

I think her mother or sister also got the lapband thing as well, but she got a really bad infection and they had to take it out.

Uuuhm, what else.... I'm sure if you're seriously considering it, the docs will tell you everything you need to know about the diet you'll hve to go on. I don't think you can eat certain things b/c it won't digest right or something? I'm not positive.

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Postby Crunchy » Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:48 am

Okay, I'm going to be captain obvious

Commonly In order to qualify you have to be 100+pounds over weight

9 times out of 10 the doctor will insist you lose 10-30 lbs naturally by diet and exercise before the surgery can be performed. This will relieve a good amount of stress from your heart increasing your chances of a successful surgery without complications.

And the most obvious of the bunch,

Although your appetite will be significantly reduced due the the stomach reduction, if you want this surgery to be successful, no, you cannot eat whatever you want. The reason is over time your stomach will stretch again and if continued, the bad habits will return and your weight will slowly increase. In order to be successful you NEED to incorporate a healthy diet and activity into your daily routine and make it habit after all the sugery is only a step up to help in your weight loss journey the rest is up to you.

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Postby babydust2me » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:52 am

I know I'm late to the party and I hope I don't offend you but I just don't believe in surgeries for weight loss. If you lose a lot of weight rapidly, you don't learn healthy habits that you need to keep that weight off. I don't know if you watch the Biggest Loser but there's a man on that show now who's stomach is...ok so I forgot how small his stomach is but it's very small. And if you see him without his shirt it's disgusting, mainly I'm thinking because of the scars from the surgery. So if I were you, I would really make an effort to get into some sort of diet and exercise plan that you can really stick with. Personally, I've done Weight Watchers and I LOVED it. It's not for everyone though. But the best thing you can do is try something that you can stick with. I feel like losing a reasonable amount of weight slowly, week by week teaches you how to eat better and make better choices in your life. No you won't lose 100 lbs overnight, but you'll be healthier. Plus if you're exercising, you'll help tighten up the excess skin as you go. I would only ever use the surgery as a true last result. If you honestly stuck to a diet and it really and truly didn't work. But from my own experiences and from watching people at WW (I work part time as a receptionist now) and on The Biggest Loser - all these people think they can't do it, but they can. It's not easy, but you have to stick to it. I hope this helps and I really hope I didn't offend you. I just have really strong opinions against weight loss surgeries. Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Postby barbeqt » Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:15 pm

HIYA! I know that I am SUPER late to this one, but I have had the lapband surgery and have lost 102 pounds and continue to very slowly lose. I exercise 3-4 times a week and can only eat between 3-5 ounces at a time. I realize this surgery is not for everyone, but I chose it after MANY, MANY years of yo-yo dieting...just like everyone. I chose this particular surgery because pregnancy is still possible and since I was almost 300 pounds (287), I figured if I focused on my health instead of continuing to get pregnant and miscarry, then if I was meant to get my baby it was going to happen to a healthy me and I wouldn't keep blaming my weight for those miscarriages. I am 37 years old and perhaps if I were younger I would have taken a different route, but I am very happy with my decision and hope that people do not continue to believe that WLS is the "easy way out". It has been A LOT of work and I will always have food issues that I am dealing with, but if I stay on top of it like I have for the last 17 months, I know I am going to be OK. :wink:
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