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    Angry Very UNhappy Lapbander

    I absolutely loved my lap band at first it worked wonderfully and now after 9 years something has went haywire and I am really getting very disgusted. I had the surgery in 2004 had lost 100 lbs and then in Nov of 2012 I started gaining weight back for noo reason, it just kept coming and coming, I have ask the dr over and over whats going on with no real good answers, apt after apt, take sluid out put fluid in, I will go back Dec 16th and if things are no better with no weight loss I will be seeking another dr as bad as I hate too, I love the dr I am working with but I just cant seem to get him to understand I am tired of all the needles in my stomach with no results, maybe they wear out, I don't know but I will not wait until I am at my beginning weight to do something....

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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    Sounds rather frustrating. Hope everything works out. You have a 4cc lap band?

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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    That does sound frustrating but at the same time I can somewhat relate. I wonder why you have not tried to get a second opinion sooner though. I mean an extra set of eyes never hurt and having someone else give you a once over sounds like a good thing to me. I have never fully dropped a doctor until I had one to replace them but I have always gotten a second opinion when my gut told me so.

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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    Has he done any x-rays or anything to see if the band slipped? It doesn't sound right that you are gaining all this weight while having your band adjusted. Something should be happening. Your Doctor should be doing a full work up on you to make sure it's not something else like your thyroid. Good luck to you!

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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    That sounds so frustrating! I can't imagine having to go through all of that and getting no answers. I am curious how your appointment on Dec 16 went. Did you get the answers you are looking for? Has your band slipped?

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    I have had a lap band.
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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    I started gaining weight after 4 years. I keep with my surgeon until I had gained all my weight back because he was the only lap band surgeon where I live. I finally went out of state and found out my lap band had a leak. On 11/22/13 I had my band replaced and am starting over. Don't wait as long as I did and good luck!


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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    I don't think I would have waited that long. When it comes to doctors or even a dentist, if something feels wrong most of the time it usually is. The longer you wait it could end up compromising things when it comes to what is and what is not the doctors legal responsibility to fix.

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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    I am new to this site, I have a question to anyone who can answer it. If I get my lap band done in Mexico, where in the United States would I go to get my adjustments done?

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    Re: Very UNhappy Lapbander

    I would honestly start by documenting what I am eating ~vs~ what i should be eating. No matter how much fill (which is a part of the doctors legal responsibility) we can still gain weight. Whatever foods go down easy--is just that. And we love it. Bad habits take time to break.

    I was unhappy too until I realized what i was doing wrong. After I lost my initial weight, 50 lbs. I started back with the milkshakes, (I love ice cream) And then i topped if off with a coke cola, and fresh sweet strawberry syrup. This is the food that went down easy. I struggled with meat, this is the food that did not go down easy; and this was because I was trying to overeat. I gained, gained, gained . Too embarrassed to go back to the physician. I stayed away for 14 months.

    I had to have a serious chat with myself, but not answer myself, lol , and I questioned; why did I go on the operating table if I am not going to break my old habits? Really, what sense did it make?

    Well, I replaced my milkshakes with low-fat fresh fruit smoothies. I weaned myself off the ice cream spoon--by--spoon. my cokes last me for three days.

    And I eat normally. What I mean by this is that; I went back to the date of surgery, I watched the video. I noticed that once the band is placed, it cannot hold but so much food. I began to measure my foods and eat 1/2 cup of each food item in my designated food group. I thought about the size of a child's stomach, would we force a child to stuff.... I looked at the fact that the stomach is now resized to an amount of food child can consume. After I ate (on this test run) I waited for 15-25 min before i got lured in by the aroma and taste I noticed I had a sense of fulness. I did not need to eat more. I was truly stuffed!!!! I had to overcome the taste and smell.

    I immediately lost an additional 15 pounds. When I visited my physician (after 14 months of a no-fill) he was very impressed. I never told him that I screwed up by drinking wine, milkshakes, beer, hero sandwiches, soda, soda, soda, cookies, cake, eating out daily; the list just went on and on with me.

    I finally had my long awaited fill.

    I was banded in 2010.


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