Weight Loss Surgery - I'm seriously considering Lap-band, how did you find your surgeon?




seabiscuit
01-15-2014, 07:42 PM
Hi there,

I'm Amy and I'm new to this forum, although I have been on 3FC for awhile and I have been browsing this forum.

I don't know what will happen, but I am seriously considering Lap-band. I have about 100 lbs to lose and I have tried so many weight loss plans with very limited results, so I feel if I were to have a lap-band surgery, it would be a blessing. I know that it would be tough with after surgery, getting used to it, etc but I feel like in my life that my weight loss is the missing piece to my getting my life back.

I started to think about weight loss surgery a lot more after I met with a specialist who said that it's something that I should seriously consider. He told me a few success stories and it was very inspiring.

How did you find your surgeon? I live near a major city and I have contacted one of their bariatric surgery departments, I am going to go to an information session next month, I am hopefully going to reschedule so I can go to one sooner than what I had planned. I looked at quite a few of the video profiles of the surgeons on the hospital's website and there seemed to be some really good surgeons there. I tend to be a bit picky about what doctor I think I would do best with, but a couple of the surgeons there seem to be someone who I may click with.

I don't know a lot about WLS, but I am eager to learn more. Some of my reservations are that- I have a psych issue and I know that there is a long process before surgery, but I feel that my psych issue is well controlled. Also, I have mild acid reflux, I don't know if that would be an issue?

Thanks so much for any info that you can give. I feel that lap-band would be the procedure that I would be most comfortable with.

Take care,

Amy


jiffypop
01-15-2014, 11:27 PM
glad you're taking the steps you need to make an informed decision. When you go to the information session, make sure you hear something about their expected results and about their complication rate and the number of people who've died.

if you don't hear this information, ask them.

I understand only too well about dealing with a doc you can talk to. But be really sure - in your heart - that you're getting the one with the right skills for YOU. Which brings me to another point. lapband is a great choice for some people, and a not-so-great choice for others. with your psych issue and your reflux, it'll be REALLY important to discuss these issues with the surgeon. You'll need to hear the good and the bad about all the procedures, and how they fit in with your particular circumstances.

and the over arching issue about choosing a surgeon: be sure it's someone your insurance will cover!!!

Jane
01-17-2014, 07:40 PM
Sea biscuit, I remember you! :). I picked the hospital I wanted first, then researched their bariatric surgeons. Like Jiff said, make sure your insurance will cover the one you choose.

Just an aside, not meant to deter your choice of lap band, but my hospital doesn't offer them any longer due to the high rate of complications.

Good luck to you!


Iwanawurkit
02-10-2014, 08:16 PM
I had a couple of friends who recommended the practice I decided to go with. My surgery is scheduled for Feb. 12th.

I had a LOT of personal factors which influenced my decision and the major one was my Endo Doctor recommended it in Sept 2013. She has been with me through all sorts of crazy plans and I had just given up but didn't want to advance any further in the health issues that currently surround me. I am excited and one of my friends has lost 160 lbs with 30 more to go. I am excited!

jiffypop
02-11-2014, 07:50 PM
two hoosiers!!! WOW!!!

Jane
02-11-2014, 08:24 PM
two hoosiers!!! WOW!!!

Yes, and we're both from the southern part of Indiana! I'm near Vincennes.

Iwanawurkit
02-11-2014, 09:25 PM
I am across the river from Louisville, Kentucky! Woohoo!

jiffypop
02-12-2014, 04:25 PM
wurkit - you're not a U Louisville fan, are you? my hoosier mom told me to never talk to any fans from kentucky....

Iwanawurkit
02-13-2014, 06:50 PM
Nope.......I work at University of Louisville Hospital but never a fan. I am IU all the way and also will shout for Ball State, Butler and Purdue. :)

Yes....you can talk to me. :)

Taking it easy today because I am sore and I look forward to a more substantial meal besides water, crystal light and Popsicles. :O

jiffypop
02-13-2014, 10:14 PM
yeah - ya gotta take it easy for a little while. just face each day, each eating episode, one at a time.

Mom went to Ball State - i even have one of her sweatshirts! Her brother went to IU, and played b-ball. DECADES and DECADES ago...

Iwanawurkit
02-22-2014, 07:17 PM
Went for a walk today to get moving and it felt great but boy am I wore out. Incision sites are itching so they must be healing and I have my two week post op with the surgeon on Wednesday. I was a little disappointed that I only lost 2 lbs at one week post op and so far the scales isn't moving anymore. Doing great on the blenderized diet and today ate scrambled eggs for the first time.

seabiscuit
03-11-2014, 09:37 PM
Hi there,

Thank you all for the replies. I have thought a lot about lap band and I am not sure that it's right for me. I would prefer to lose the weight more naturally and use this as a last resort. Lately, I've been trying to eat healthier and I've been exercising some, if I can get past the mental barriers, that would be great.

Take care.

Amy

seabiscuit
05-12-2014, 06:27 PM
Hi there,

I'm reconsidering Lap-Band. If I were to do it, I'd have to go through a process with my local hospital, they do the procedures there. I would have to go to an information session first, then meet with the surgeon.

I think that mentally, I am in a place where I want to lose weight, I am eating less of the unhealthy foods and more of the healthier ones. I still get cravings for the unhealthier ones but I'm realizing that they're just not worth it as much, which personally I feel is huge for me, I never had reached that point, it's a touchstone.

I look at pictures of myself and I feel so unhappy in them. I am ashamed that my face and whole body is bloated and so much like blubber, sigh I shouldn't beat myself up.

I think that there is a surgeon who I may click with after seeing his video profile, actually there are a couple of surgeons at the hospital who seem like people I could click with.

I guess I never thought I would be "fat," the psych meds have really done a number on me.

Thanks for listening.

Amy

jiffypop
05-13-2014, 10:09 AM
this is NOT an easy decision, and i know it's been on your mind for a long time. Most hospitals/surgeons have information meetings - when are you going? listen to all the options, and the pros and cons.. and think really long and hard about how you're willing to live for the rest of your life [because there are different vitamins and some slight differences in eating habits that each of the surgeries has].

wish i could wave my magic wand and fix this for you - and for all of us!

seabiscuit
05-13-2014, 06:09 PM
Hi Jiffypop-

Thank you for your support. I am going to the information session in June or July at UPENN. I think that they are an excellent hospital and I watched some of the video profiles of the surgeons, I think that I would connect with a few of them.

My concerns are mainly about the psych issues and reflux but I will be seeing a psychiatrist at UPENN and I am seeing a gastroenterologist at JEFF. I have an upper endoscopy in the beginning of July because I have a lot of hiccups and I choke easily.

I think that I truly want to have this Lap Band, I just have a lot of questions to go over with the bariatric surgeon once I see him.

Thank you for listening and understanding.

Amy

jiffypop
05-13-2014, 06:23 PM
Penn is fabulous. about the psych issues - we all have them. and we ALL have to deal with them sooner or later. SOOOO glad that you'll be looking at them SOONER rather than later. anything you can do before to address them is only to the good afterwards.

may i ask why you want the lap band? not being critical, just wondering. I'm always interested in why people make one decision or another ...

seabiscuit
05-13-2014, 08:57 PM
Hi jiffypop-

I think Penn is very good too, I like Jefferson too but they no longer due Lap Band due to the high rate of complications. I feel most comfortable doing Lap Band because it can be reversed and it's less invasive than the other procedures. I'm sure that everyone's story is different but I have heard that a lot of people had a tough time with the sleeve.

Thanks, take care.

Amy

mlk58
05-14-2014, 06:24 PM
If I may, I think the "less invasive" thing is completely wrong. How is it "less invasive" to have a surgery that leaves a foreign body inside you, and requires regular follow-up to get the right level of restriction? And will almost always have to be removed (via a second surgery) within a few years? And as you've said, many facilities and surgeons don't even do the lap band any more because of complications.

I also started out wanting a band but after I investigated I got a sleeve and couldn't be happier with my decision!

seabiscuit
05-15-2014, 06:16 PM
Mik,

I don't agree with you but I don't have to. I have my reasons and I'm not going to sit here defending myself to you. Personally, while I appreciate your honesty, you're being quite blunt and not very considerate of my opinion.

Amy

Leenie
05-18-2014, 03:12 PM
Hello Amy.... I just want to wish you well on your journey and I couldn't agree with you more, its YOUR personal decision and you should not have to defend or explain your decision. This is one of the most difficult decisions anyone has to make ((((hugs)))).

I was banded in 2005, still have my band, no complications except acid reflux but other than that, it's doing it's job :D

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Leenie

Ps.... I haven't been here in a very long time...nice to see you chick :D

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Chickadee
05-19-2014, 12:10 PM
Hi Leenie and Jif! It's been a while.

I just wanted to add that I've been banded since 2004 and have not had a single complication. I've never regretted my choice, but I also never got to my goal weight. I lost around 75 pounds and have (for the most part) kept it off. We went through a massive, life-changing flood in September and I gave myself license to eat and drink whatever I wanted as a way of comfort and I gained 20 pounds. I'm eating Paleo now, which, in combo with my good old lap band is working great. If I were to redo it all, I would consider a sleeve, but at the time that really wasn't an option.

Chickadee

SnowAngel72
05-19-2014, 06:51 PM
Good luck with your decision. Just keep researching and go to the seminars of the doctors you would like to do your Lapband with. I considered lapband myself but my insurance didn't cover it at the time(years ago). They cover it now. My surgeon's office hardly do them anymore but I had already changed my mind to have a RNY instead by the time I decided to have surgery. You hear about both successful surgeries and complications with all the WLS. It may help your decision to ask the doctor is how many of the lap band surgeries they performed have turn into a revision to RNY.
Good luck and I hope whatever you decide it turns out to be successful. I don't regret my RNY at this point. I just wish I would have done it sooner. :)

jiffypop
05-20-2014, 09:13 AM
chickadeedeedear!!!! soooo nice to see you.... it HAS been a long time. sorry to hear you got flooded. were you able to return to your home? was anything salvageable? I live in a town that's prone to regular, bad flooding and while I'm fortunately out of the flood plain, but i still ive it with our towns.

Chickadee
05-20-2014, 10:33 AM
Hi there Jiffypoo!
We are home and everything's fine for us now, but a lot of people on our road lost their houses and everything in them. It's been labeled a 1,000 year flood and I hope that's true. Once in a lifetime is plenty!
How are you? How is Peach? It's nice to come "home" here!

geegee1951
06-10-2014, 01:15 PM
You should check out all the WLS before making your final decision, and, of course, your surgeon will offer information and suggestions. You will learn that fewer and fewer lapbands are being performed now. Most people choose by-pass (RNY) or the vertical sleeve (VSG).
WLS is a great tool, to be used with your doctor's food plan, to lose and MAINTAIN your weight loss. How many diets have you been on? Did you keep that weight off?
Good luck to you.

seabiscuit
06-12-2014, 05:50 AM
Thank you all so much for the supportive replies. I am still keeping gastric surgery as a possibility in the back of my mind but today I'm going to go to a WW meeting and truly try to lose this weight and keep it off, which has always been my struggle.

I feel more ready to lose weight and do what it takes to keep it off. I hope to avoid surgery but I will go to a weight loss seminar in case I decide to do it. There are a few surgeons that I think I may get along well with and who I have faith in.

Over the years that I have been overweight and obese, which is more than half my life, ugh, I have lost weight but keeping it off has always been my struggle.
I have a lot of medical conditions which I hope improve from the weight loss.

Thank you all so much, I will keep you posted.

Amy ;)

jiffypop
06-12-2014, 09:25 AM
Amy - whatever you decide is fine. Gotta tell you, though, that the whole 'keeping it off' issue was the main reason i went for the surgery. Every time I lost, i would eventually regain everything plus another 50% of the loss. every single time. I knew i could lose the weight - probably through really drastic means - but it would come back.

rebekim
06-12-2014, 12:13 PM
Hi Amy, I wish you good luck on your journey! Personally, I was banded last year and I already lost 70 pounds. I got up here in Toronto by Dr. Emad Guirguis. My only regret is that I didn’t have this procedure sooner...

seabiscuit
06-12-2014, 05:19 PM
Hi there...

I appreciate the concrete and honest feedback. I am planning on rejoining WW, I feel that something just may 'click' in my brain this time to make this time different but alas I have said that many times before. I think that I'm truly starting to realize that my health is at stake and I have so much to live for.

I may go to a meeting this weekend, I am a bit nervous but I think it would be worth it.

Any advice on how to face that dreaded number on the scale which I have been in denial about for so long? Just the thought of seeing the number makes me cringe yet I think that this will be a new beginning.

Take care,

Amy

davina
06-29-2014, 06:28 PM
Hi.
When I was considering Weight loss surgery, I watched a lot of different personal recovery experiences on youtube to see what I was possibly getting myself into.
I would highly recommend it to see the good, bad and any possible side effects you may have to live with.

seabiscuit
07-09-2014, 07:57 AM
Hi there...

I went to the Penn information session last night. It was quite helpful. I took lots of notes. I'm still doing WW, I'm down 5.6 pounds thus far. ;). I'm not sure, I'm a bit undecided about things, I'll see.

Take care.

Amy