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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Hi mamas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br>
I was just wondering if anyone here has any experience with Adjustable Gastric Banding--(sometimes known as Lap-Band)??? I am strongly considering this surgery, and have done lots of research about it. Since MDC is my "home" on the web I wanted to see if anyone here had thoughts about it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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I dont have any personal experience with it (even though I could use it) but one of my good friends has it. She seems to like it alot. She has lost about 60 pounds and has about 45 more to go.
 

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I'm waiting for gastric bypass surgery. I'll be having it around the middle of July. In my research I found that the Lap-Band is only about 50% effective and half of the patients go back for a bypass. There are a couple of yahoo groups for bariatric surgery. Check them out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Good Luck whatever you choose, I hope you have a lot of success. Oh, another thing about the band is the frequent adjustments that are needed, just something to think about.<br><br><br>
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Thanks for the responses, Jackie and Heather<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I have been wondering if anyone here knew what I was talking about :LOL<br><br>
I am tentatively scheduled for surgery on July 11 (tentatively meaning I am on the schedule, but haven't paid yet). About the adjustments and the slower weight loss...that's part of what appeals to me. The fact that the band can be made tighter if you stop losing and the fact that you lose weight slower (an average of 2 pounds/week) are good for my situation. We may have other children, so being able to remove the restriction for pregnancy and breastfeeding then have it replaced after with no additional surgery is a plus for me. Also, the fact that it doesn't change the way the body absorbs food just how much you can take in. I hope it works for me. I wish you the best with your by-pass Heather--my dad had one seven years ago, and has been very happy with his results. When are you scheduled for surgery?
 

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I have my psych eval on the 17th and am trying to get in with a nutritionist. After that it will be submitted to my insurance, and about a week later we'll schedule it. It's looking like the middle or end of July.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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I have a friend that got this operation and she is doing well on it. My ex had this operation done and he is floundering badly. He has ring slippage and now is having a devil of a time getting any support to fix it as most surgeons get really wierd about touching another surgeon's work. He is sickly because of this. My friend who is doing well got it done by a dr. in mexico (dr. rambaut)that is world reknowned and has an immense network of other doctors here in the states that work with him and help his patients. My ex had it done in France by the surgeon who helped create this procedure and I sorta warned him because their network isn't as good here in the states when the crap hits the fan and it can very well happen.<br><br>
I personally had gastric bypass done. I am very happy with it. I went from 300lbs. to 126lbs before pregnancy. Took me about 2.5 yrs to lose that and I maintained it for another year before becoming pregnant. I did very well with the health of myself and the baby by using supplements..vitamins and protein shakes (Yes, I also eat real food :p ) . My baby was born very healthy and was 7lbs and 6 oz. I didn't go with banding because I knew deep down, I would need the malabsorbtion to lose the weight, not just restriction. I had been on the zone diet for a few years and just couldn't lose a pound. I had been on diets before that for years very unsuccessful.<br><br>
In what I have written I do not want to push you to thinking you made a bad choice by choosing banding, not that me saying things would change your mind but I wanted to emphasize that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> . It DOES work for some..just not all. BUT the things I want you to get out of my post that I got through researching and talking to many people about gastric surgeries for over 7 years are four fold:<br><br>
1) Please above all else, research that surgeon. Make sure their network to help in case anything goes wrong is very much intact and extensive. Due to lawsuits, many surgeons will not touch my ex to fix him and he is miserable. This goes for gastric bypass too btw. This is major surgery..major major but sometimes it is needed. I'd be dead if it wasn't for gastric bypass surgery.<br><br>
2) Be up bigtime on any complications that COULD happen. Know their symptoms up and down and be VERY good about your followups.<br><br>
3) Brush up on nutrition. Not that gastric bypass folks can get away with it, but especially if you are not malabsorbing, you need to make sure that every calorie you take in, is worth it.<br><br>
4) Find a support group so you can get help in adjusting. Losing weight even the banding route may require help in support as when you lose fat, the estrogen is increased in your system and it really is an emotional time even if you may not be a real emotional person. Support groups that know what you are going through help also to stem the frantic of "I'm not losing as fast as I thought". Hearing other people's journeys help.<br><br>
I wish you the best. Think of it as a journey ok?<br><br><br>
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Sherra<br><br>
ps. I also breastfeed very successfully as a gastric bypass patient. My baby gains weight appropriately..so that is a myth honestly that malabsorbtion will affect a baby provided the mother is supplementing appropriately. But no matter which you have..banding or gastric bypass, both need some sort of supplementation (the amount varies) as you are restricted on how much nutrients get into you. Any time you decrease your calories, most good nutritionists will tell you that a good multi along with other foods you can't get down in abundance is good to supplement.
 
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