A new procedure for obesity, - Lap Band procedure

@winterose (39893)
Canada
May 3, 2008 7:53pm CST
http://www.tlbc.ca/gastricband.php I have never heard of this before, rather than gastric surgery or stapling the stomach to make sure you lose the weight, now you can get a band placed on the opening of your stomach and the good thing about this, it is it adjustable, as your stomach shrinks or if it was too tight it can be fixed, and taken off when you don't need it anymore, it is good for morbidly obese people, or people with * Type II diabetes * Heart disease and high blood pressure * Sleep apnea and hypoventilation * Joint pain and arthritis * Kidney failure * Hormonal abnormalities they say it is minimally evasive so it is not a big surgery and you can lose as much as 70 pounds in a year. This is really getting me thinking if I should try it, Would you try it?
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@sun2day (1063)
• Virgin Islands (U.S.)
12 May 08
That is incredible. Technology has greatly improved and is still continuing to do so. It is getting better and better each year. I understand what you mean. People seem to be having some many health problems and doctors are becoming more and more advanced in technology. As you said it has got you thinking. Give it some serious thought! Have a great day.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
oh of course I would have to think about it long and hard before I made a decision like that.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
4 May 08
I am not sure if I would or not.. I have seen the commercials about it.. I am about 30 lb overweight and would like to lose this because I do think that I would feel better and be able to find clothes that I like.. Everything that I like is for skinny people.. I would like to lose it naturally by changing my eating habits.. But I am not sure that I would go the route of the surgery.. If they say it is minimally invasive, I imagine that it could be done as an outpatient type surgery, and would be so much easier on you than the regular gastric bypass.. I did check on some of these surguries for my son, he had been on medication for Tourettes Syndrome since he was 8 ys old, he is now 27, but he has had a steady weight gain for the last 20 yrs.. But he married and quit the medication and has lost 60 lb since December of 2007.. He is also off of any blood pressure medications.. so, I say, if you can do it and it is safe, go for it.. Most procedures are being performed so that they are easier on the patients.. Good luck on your decision making..
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
I am not sure that they do it for people who only have 30 pounds to lose.
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
4 May 08
This is the one that I am planning to get done. All I need to do is find a doctor in my area and pass the test. My insurance is going to pay for it. Both of my Primary Care Physician's have already okayed it. My insurance company pays as long as it is needed. Here is a link that teaches the step by step procedure. I am hoping to get it done as soon as possible. Many people on Mylot have already had it done and are very happy with the results. http://www.lapband.com/
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
thank you so much hon, for the info, I will have to look into it.
@sherrir101 (3673)
• Malinta, Ohio
4 May 08
I have heard of this. I had the regular gastric bypass surgery. There are a lot of pros for each of these surgeries. I had sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism and much more. I don't have any of that now. The banding surgery is less evasive on the body. Instead of 'making' you lose weight, it helps you lose the weight. I am not sure if I had to do it over, if I would have the banding done or the regular gastric bypass surgery.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
thank you for your comments, they are quite helpful.
@jengoss (145)
• United States
4 May 08
I know someone who has had this surgery and lost over 100 pounds in the last year. I am not sure how she is doing right now. I haven't talked to her in a couple of months, but I do know that things went well. My mom is considering this surgery now. She has talked to her doctors, and has to try dieting for 6 months first, the her doctor said they can discuss it further.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
I am very interested because I cannot diet no matter how I try I just can't seem to do it.
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
5 May 08
This isn't new where I live it has been around for years. I even asked for information about it back in January, it is vey costly. I have seen the commercials. But to evening there is always a downside to it especially if your diabetic and wounds don't heal as fast. The best thing to do is talk it over with your doctor and the doctor who will be doing it and have them answer every question you may have about the surgery and what can go wrong don't let them tell you nothing because things happen I heard that one womans lap band grew into her stomach somehow it had never been removed and she gained all her weight and then some back and somehow her stomach grew over it or something like that so get all the details of what can and sometimes will go wrong and the risk, then weigh your options. It says even with this lapband you will have to exercise and eat properly and healthy the lapband can sometimes slip loose and have to be fixed. especially if you still eat as you normally do and stretch lapband and your stomach. I myself wouldnt do it. I know that me being a compulsive eater it wouldn't work for me. My cousin had the Gastic Bypass surgery last July she lost weight and looked really great but the downside she has gained a little of that weight back I am hoping she will get back on track and lose it again. I think Weight Watchers is best because it teaches you how to eat regular foods and portions I wanted to join but money being tight couldn't but I lost 70 pounds this year since January and that was with me also going off for 3 weeks. So it is more of a will power thing of mind over matter sometimes. I wish you the best of luk in whatever you decide and sorry for being bossy..
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@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
14 May 08
You stated that you couldn't do the diet thing that is understandable most people can't or can't for long enough to lose all they need. Well, I hope that you find out if this is for you or not and be on the way to a new thinner you. good luck and best wishes on your venture. Thanks for the best response I really appreciate that winterose.
• United States
14 May 08
I would advise against it because it is unnatural. I know you say you can not diet, but what about changing the types of foods instead of counting calories and feeling deprived? I've read a lot of Dr. Mercola's newsletters. He is really well known in the natural medicine field. One of the things he talks about alot is nutrition and nutritional typing. You might want to look him up and read what he has to say. There are always huge risks involved in these kinds of surgeries and unfortunately it won't address the underlying cause of obesity for most people. However, relearning what kinds of foods to eat can make the change that lasts.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
the question was not about whether I should change my way of eating it was about this procedure and the pros and cons of this procedure. changing the way I eat is not an option for me at this time, and I have my reasons for it,
@nafisah (33)
• United States
13 May 08
This system is called " The lapband " I take calls for leads for this company. You can go to the website to find out more at lapband.com find surgeons in your area and testimonials. The only downside is that they require for you to lose some weight before u get the lapband. If u could do that yourself u wouldn't need them right? Both of these procedures meaning gastric bypass and lapband are only temporary solutions, after awhile if you go back to eating big portions your stomach will regain it's size. Now that's not highly likely in the first year but after that year has passed it's all up to u. try this website to get u started www.projectreplenish.com
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
yes there are several websites, I am only thinking about it at this point weighing the pros and cons, and bringing it up here as a discussion question
13 May 08
I would like some help with losing weight but do not like the idea of something that constricts my stomach. I see people who have had this done who have to eat just a few spoonfuls of food for a meal and I would feel very odd if I was doing that when I was in public - it would mean no more eating out and I wouldn't like that.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
they say when you stomach is smaller you do not feel hungry, so who knows. I wouldn't care if people see that I am not eating, it is my life not theirs.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
13 May 08
A woman in our church had this done and in the first month she lost about 25 pounds and was thrilled. I think it's a lot safer than the other methods.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
it does seem to be safer, but who knows, with new procedures, the effects are not recorded sometimes until years later.
• United States
12 May 08
I wonder if there is a lap band fourm on the internet that you may go and read some of the success stories or not so successful stories and then make up your mind as to whether or not to go with it or not.. I only knew of one lady that had it done. She had it done maybe 5 years ago.. From what I read about her she didnt lose alot of weight with the lap band. But everybody body is different..
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
this was just a discussion question, but if I go that route I will certainly find out all the info, I have already looked at several sites and I would no doubt have to talk to my doctor about it as well.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
12 May 08
I really, really wnat this done, but my insurance won't pay for it and I don't have the straight out cash to get it done. I went and was able to talk to a doctor at this meeting and I asked the lady that deals with the insurance and she said that they have tried my insurance company and they will not pay no matter what. My sister wants to have this done also.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
I would have to see if our medicare system here in Canada would cover it if I did the procedure as well.
@suehan1 (4345)
• Australia
12 May 08
yes i knew a lady who had this done and she lost a lot of weight.i have not seen her for a while ,so i am not sure what she looks like now.i know here it is a really expensive procedure ,so i would have to save up for something like that.is it expensive there to have this done.cheers sue
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
oh if I ever considered it I would have to know that it is covered by our medicare system here in canada.
@djedtek (231)
• United States
12 May 08
if you cant deit right now what you should do is juice fast for a few days. (if you do it for 7 days with just friuts and vegetables in juice forum then you will lose around 10-13LBS the first week and that no joke! i have friends that are in the same position and that are looking for a solution! if you do go with that operation wish nothing but the best of luck to ya and stay safe!
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
20 May 08
thank you but I can't do that with diabetes, it is dangerous, for my health.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
7 May 08
I have a friend who had this procedure a few years ago. Just last week she made it to 101 pounds lost! She could have lost faster, but wasn't really trying to. She loved the results. The surgery went fine and she hasn't had any problems. If you do try it, I wish you all the best.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
thanks hon.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
4 May 08
Honey Please use caution here. I have known 2 different people that have had this done at two different hospitals and using different doctors and both had severe complications. Maybe they were just unlucky but please preceed very carefully and ask many questions. xoxoxoxoxo
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
are you sure, because this is not gastric by pass surgery.
@Fishmomma (11362)
• United States
4 May 08
I certainly would consider the procedure, if nothing else was working. None of the health issues you mentioned are a problem in my life; however, I do know people that have 1 or more of them. I have learned that a lifestyle change must occur to lose weight. This means that what each person eats must be different or this procedure or any other can end my life. Its not a good choice for people wanting to lose weight because society thinks your heavy. We all shouldn't be size zero. I don't think people should be considering it like me. I'm trying to lose 10 pounds and have been losing weight slowly and steady. The weight took awhile to be put on and its taking time to remove. I'm working out, getting more sleep, and eating better. I drink lots of water, as have a bottle beside me while on my computer. There are no excuses that I give anymore to losing weight, as I'm now losing the weight. I use to have several including its to cold outside, its raining, its to hot, but now I just do a different exercise.
@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
it is not for people who need to lose 10 pounds, it is for people who have to lose 100 pounds, there is a big difference.
@gemini_rose (16268)
4 May 08
I think that someone should only go for these sorts of things as a real last measure, I have heard a lot of horror stories about these before, I am sure that they use bands in UK. They do not work for everyone but I know the ones that they do work for lose the weight but can never eat the same. But on reading the article about it I have to say that it does look and seem like a safer thing to what is available and certainly less invasive, so it may turn out to be a better option.
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@winterose (39893)
• Canada
9 May 08
these bands are adjustable and removable it is not gastric surgery you are talking about, that is why it seems good and at my weight it is last resort.
@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
4 May 08
Personally, I think these surgeries should be the absolute last option. Unless there is a health problem, such as thyroids, keeping a person overweight, nothing is really going to help until they make a lifestyle change. You can try diet pills and surgeries, but if you just continue to eat junk food after you've lost all this weight, you are going to gain it back. Also, most overweight people have reasons behind their eating habits, and that needs to be addressed by a councelor. Things such as emotional eating. Again, if this isn't addressed, it won't stop.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
4 May 08
might be could for some people but I have had enough operations for awhile and I still need another one to put a stent in artery to kidneydont know when that wil take place
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