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lap band... Mandy Evans 2 kids; Ohio 1444 posts
10th Jun '13

pros, cons, would you do it again??

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
10th Jun '13

Im pre-op for gastric bypass and after years of research and speaking with my surgeon I would never get the lap band. Your weight loss is slower and usually less. Its harder to achieve long term success with it and there are many possible complications. You are inserting a foreign object into your body. It can break or slip or your stomach and grow around it (less common) The chances of needing another surgery to remove or repair it within the first 10 years are high. My doctor said he has done more lap band removals in the last 5 years than placements. The avg person will loose over the course of 3 years up to 50% of their excess weight. Meaning if you have 100lbs to loose in 3 years you will be lucky to be down 50lbs.

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
10th Jun '13

My sister is going in for her surgical consult for gastric surgery in about 3 weeks. She's not doing the lap band either, I forgot which one it is, specifically, but the lap band scared her, so she opted for something different(and I wish I could remember which one, I'm sorry I can't).

Mandy Evans 2 kids; Ohio 1444 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" Im pre-op for gastric bypass and after years of research and speaking with my surgeon I would never get ... [snip!] ... 3 years up to 50% of their excess weight. Meaning if you have 100lbs to loose in 3 years you will be lucky to be down 50lbs. "


great perspective, thank you. ive been reading up on the internet, as I don't know anyone who has had it done, and I never even considered those things! the bypass scares me...for these reasons...irreversible...ive heard of ppl having leaks, and also know one lady that died from bowel leakage 3 years after having it done. so fear is what is driving me.

Kimber-lily Due September 27; 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
10th Jun '13

Why not diet and exercise?

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Why not diet and exercise?"

You have to change your whole diet and exercise with surgery. Its not a fix all its a tool to help the morbidly obese loose weight and gain control of their life back.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Mandy Evans:" great perspective, thank you. ive been reading up on the internet, as I don't know anyone who has had ... [snip!] ... having leaks, and also know one lady that died from bowel leakage 3 years after having it done. so fear is what is driving me."

There is gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve. Both will give basically the same results with 50-80% of excess weight lost and maintained. If you would like to know anything about surgery options or anything please feel free to message me. I am 16lbs away from getting my surgery date. Bowl leakage while a risk its minimal. Of course with any surgery there are risks and you will always hear the scary story no matter the surgery option. Sometimes surgery just isn't the right option for someone. My issue isn't loosing weight so much as it is maintaining it. With either bypass (commonly known among the WLS community as RNY) or the sleeve you will be on vitamins for the rest of your life. There are tons of support groups online and many people with video blogs about their whole journey. What is your current BMI? What made you think surgery was the option? What diets have you tried? Do you have any co-morbidities? Such as sleep apnea, diabetes, ect.

Mandy Evans 2 kids; Ohio 1444 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Why not diet and exercise?"


lol, this question always cracks me up. and im gonna assume you don't have weight issues....ppl always think fat ppl are just overeaters that are lazy... its a vicious cycle, that unless you've been thru it, you don't get it. strap 120 pounds on your back, and tell me if you feel like going for a jog. askings someone why not just diet and exercises is equalivlant to asking an acholoholic why don't they just stop drinking??

Kimber-lily Due September 27; 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Mandy Evans:" lol, this question always cracks me up. and im gonna assume you don't have weight issues....ppl always ... [snip!] ... askings someone why not just diet and exercises is equalivlant to asking an acholoholic why don't they just stop drinking?? "


Sure I do, but I eat right and exercise and it slowly comes off.

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Sure I do, but I eat right and exercise and it slowly comes off. "


For some people it's not that easy. My sister has struggled with her weight her entire life, and now has apnea and high blood pressure, she has weak knees and can't exercise like other people can...she destroyed her ACL in 2011, and has problems because of that, too. If she DOESN'T have her surgery, she could very well die, leaving behind a beautiful 5 year old little girl. So, saying "why not diet and exercise" is all well and good, but it doesn't work for everyone.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Kimber-lily:" Sure I do, but I eat right and exercise and it slowly comes off. "

Have you ever been morbidly obese? Had a lifetime worth of diets and exercise to only loose and gain the same 100lbs more times than you care to count? Suffered from other health conditions related to weight but that can hinder your ability to just eat right and exercise. Everyone uses tools to loose weight you have chosen to change your diet and exercise. Congrats im very glad this has worked for you. However for some it just doesnt for a dozen different reasons. Surgery is just a tool to help someone loose weight. A proper diet and exercise routine is still required to maintain it otherwise someone who has had surgery can gain everything back. Your comment comes across as judgmental.

Mandy Evans 2 kids; Ohio 1444 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" There is gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve. Both will give basically the same results with 50-80% ... [snip!] ... think surgery was the option? What diets have you tried? Do you have any co-morbidities? Such as sleep apnea, diabetes, ect. "

I have high blood pressure. I think I have tried every diet in the world.. lol. I loose 20-30 pounds...only to gain back 30-35. its the same song and dance. :(

Mandy Evans 2 kids; Ohio 1444 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" Have you ever been morbidly obese? Had a lifetime worth of diets and exercise to only loose and gain ... [snip!] ... to maintain it otherwise someone who has had surgery can gain everything back. Your comment comes across as judgmental. "

perfection. thank you!

Kimber-lily Due September 27; 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting PurpleBama582:" For some people it's not that easy. My sister has struggled with her weight her entire life, and now ... [snip!] ... 5 year old little girl. So, saying "why not diet and exercise" is all well and good, but it doesn't work for everyone. "


It was just a question? Not sure why people are getting up in arms about it.
People are way to sensitive, geesh.

Kimber-lily Due September 27; 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
10th Jun '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" Have you ever been morbidly obese? Had a lifetime worth of diets and exercise to only loose and gain ... [snip!] ... to maintain it otherwise someone who has had surgery can gain everything back. Your comment comes across as judgmental. "


It was a question!.. Christ on a cracker.