I rarely share personal information, but I will make an exception this time. I had gastric bypass by laparoscopy. I lost 180 pounds. I am anemic (I take iron), but I can walk today. I had 4 broken vertebrae and weighed 330 pounds. I was almost bed bound. I wouldn't change what i did for the world except one thing: I would've had lap band. I had general anesthesia, got sick, spent two days in the hospital and when I had a baby 5 years ago they couldn't just loosen my band during the pregnancy. I have cared for family and patients who have had each kind of surgery-lap bypass, open bypass and lap band, and the lap band was so minor in comparison. I can't recommend it strongly enough. The sooner it's done, the fewer complications, the less excess skin, and it is a faster road to a size healthy. I am a 10 and was in the 30's-it changed my life and I did the full surgery.
I will say one other thing-when my daughter is 18 I would let her have it. If you knew me you'd know that is huge!
They can alter what meds they use-the anesthesiologist has several classes of drugs at his disposal. She just needs to consult with him.
If she can't tolerate the band or had a complication they can "let the air out" and it's like it's not even there.
She'll be home in hours and on her feet within 1-2 weeks but in the meantime you have to cook, clean and care for the kids-it's like a vacation.
I know a woman who gained 40 lbs just to have this, and I know one who put 20 lb weights in her clothes to make the weight limit.
I know a Nurse who was back in one week and swore she had no pain. I was at the dentist for 5 hours having two root canals and two extractions with sedation and gas. The Hygienist said what I went through was twice what she did when she had the band done, and my recovery will take longer.
That's all I've got-I hope it helps. Please tell her it is all true and I never share personal info, but I feel very strongly that this procedure saves lives and saves the quality of life for so many. I'd be in bed perm right now and like it or not-that is her future without serious intervention.
In my last conversation about this subject with my wife, she is under the belief that after some time, the "Lap band" has to be taken out, ie removed, as the body (If I understood correctly) can tolerate it only for a limited amount of time. Factual or not?
A "side question" is that she feels "hot" at times, especially after going to the doctor who has had to use some drug, injection, anesthetic, ointment, or etc. She went to the doctor yesterday for pain in her knee and today feels "hot" even though the temperature in the house is at 71 degree F. Also her heart rate can easily go up and she has had to go to the hospital on occasion. Her mother had the same problem with the heart rate. Any comment or suggestion about this?
As much of a detailed answer / explanation (as possible) would be appreciated.
ThANK YOU FOR THE ANswer. The reaction is from the anesthesia not from the knee injection. It happens everytime anesthesia is involved. There is no anxiety. There is a high heart rate from the anesthesia which makes for a pretty good headache and the feeling of being "hot". In 1998 I had a double compound fracture with a dislocated ankle which was 4.5 hours in surgery---it took several months to get over the chemical reaction to the anesthia---and I was in physical therapy for months, nor did I walk property for a year---hence the knee injections from the scar tissue that caused "old arthur" to act up. So I am very familiar with the problems with my reactions to chemicals and from time to time I have been in the hospital to contol the heart rate from drug reactions.
My husband thinks I am reluctant to have the lap band but I do not eat large amounts now or overeat nor do I snack---so the lapband is probably not going to work as well for me. I may even be allergic to the lapband itself.
So I wish this was not complicated but it is. When you are unable to exercise properly you have consequeces. Weight gain. So I wish this was uncomplicated as my husband wrote you but it is not.
Thank you for your help.
I am very familiar with different diets and I have lost large amounts of weight that have usually always come back. I understand what you are saying. My weight is 260 lbs and I am 5'1", My weight does not show like most people show at this weight---so usually when I lose weight---no one notices. But I understand what you are trying to do and appreciate your help---but I understand that you have been through the same problems.
I usually do not eat "sweets". I am a fresh or nearly fresh veges eater, small amount of protein, and I prefer dark brown breads, brown rice and etc. I hope this helps. I have strong bones, thank goodness but all of my joints are bad from "old arthur". Thanks again for your help. I am self employed so I have a pretty busy life. Martha
I question what I can offer, beyond my personal knowledge of the lap band procedure (the original question).&; Your post makes me certain that what info I provide will be old news to you.&; The truth is, there is no magic secret.. While sugar and fat do store more easily the big picture is simple;calories in/calories out based on metabolism which you can calculate here. I burn 2032 calories a day before exercise, so I have to cut 500 calories a day to lose a pound a week. We (or at least I) don't have a concept of portion size and usually we are eating twice as much as we think calorie wise, and being more sedentary than we know. A pedometer can help if you have trouble finding time to exercise all at once. Studies show that taking 1000 steps daily improves overall health. Invest in good shoes and consider a personal trainer. Dieting journals or software can also help. You can find good fat/calorie counters online. For example: http://220.127.116.11/search?q=cache:4czs2ihL2o8J:www.bsc.gwu.edu/dpp/lifestyle/fatcount.pdf+simple+counter+fats&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=us
Calories can be tedious so I counted fat grams and kept it at 20 grams. (this also allowed me to fill up on foods like veggies since they barely count). I also switched breakfast and dinner. I am hungry in the morning, but can eat cereal at night. This worked very well for me. Now I eat ANYTHING I crave, I just eat very small portions before I'm full. I tracked my BMI instead of pounds, kept a journal and drew myself thinner and thinner (I draw well). There are sites that show you thinner if you think that would motivate you.
Other than what I've provided, can I be of any further help?