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Lap Band to Sleeve conversion

I got the lap-band in 2008 at Cedars Sinai in Los...

I got the lap-band in 2008 at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. From day one, I never had a serious restriction enough to slow down my eating. Over the last 4 years, I have lost 40 lbs and put it back on twice simply by exercising. The only problem is that I have a severely damaged back and working out on regular basis is at times impossible. This is when I begin to pile on the fat. I found out 2 weeks ago that my band is either defective or was damaged during the initial surgery. This is why I never had any restrictions. Even when I felt slight restriction, it only lasted a day or two at the most.

Since I have to already have a surgery to remove this damaged lap-band, I am considering having them to the sleeve. I told the doctor that I will only do it if it can be done in one shot. I can't go through 2 operations.

So far, I am going through the same protocol that I went through 5 years ago prior to surgery. Psych Eval, Nutritionist, tests, etc. I really wanted to rush the surgery but now I am increasingly nervous.

I am so dissapointed from the lap-band experience that I'm not certain that the sleeve would be of much help.

2008 prior to surgery - 260lbs
2010 (September) - 198lbs
2012 (January) 235lbs
2012 (December) 203lbs
2013 (March 1) 217lbs.

As you can see, it's a roller coaster with working out and then stopping due to back pains. I need help with decreased eating.

If I could drop at least 50 lbs., I would hopefully have less back pain, lower my blood sugar and blood pressure. Tired of taking meds.
At this point, it's not about looking good. It's about being healthy.
I'm 44. 5'3" and today I am 217lbs.

Will keep a diary/update here and let you know how I progress.

Any comments and suggestions are appreciated :-)

Having the conversion surgery on Monday, April...

Having the conversion surgery on Monday, April 22nd. Dr. Ali said that he will be able to do both removal of lap-band and sleeve conversion in one shot. This will be a longer and slightly more difficult surgery.

At this point, I've gone through too many dissapointments because of the failed Lap-Band. Not super hopeful but I am giving myself one last shot to be healthy again.

Just got DCD from the hospital today. Surgery was...

Just got DCD from the hospital today. Surgery was Monday morning. It took about 90 minutes or the lap-band removal and sleeve conversion. My doctor was able to do it all at once. I only had nausea once. It was first time I got up to pee. I was slightly dizzy and unable to pee when I felt the nausea. After waiting for couple of hours, nausea did go away. Nothing by mouth day of surgery. First drink was on day two. It was a challenge do drink but I took it slow and am able to take little sips now. Home on day 3. Still a little swollen and no change change on the scale.

Surgery date 4/22/13 227lbs.
4/24/13 231lbs.

Feeling slightly weak but recouperating fairly well.

Just got DCD from the hospital today. Surgery was...

Just got DCD from the hospital today. Surgery was Monday morning. It took about 90 minutes or the lap-band removal and sleeve conversion. My doctor was able to do it all at once. I only had nausea once. It was first time I got up to pee. I was slightly dizzy and unable to pee when I felt the nausea. After waiting for couple of hours, nausea did go away. Nothing by mouth day of surgery. First drink was on day two. It was a challenge do drink but I took it slow and am able to take little sips now. Home on day 3. Still a little swollen and no change change on the scale.

Surgery date 4/22/13 227lbs.
4/24/13 231lbs.

Feeling slightly weak but recouperating fairly well.

Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I had the surgery. ...

Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I had the surgery. So far I am down 13 lbs. and my blood sugar is at a normal rate. Diabetic meds not needed. Not sure if that's permanent or not. Feeling well but miss eating real food. Didn't have any complications but am also following directions from the doctors office. Walk several times a day and am constantly sipping on something. Will be seeing Dr. Ali for post op follow up on Wednesday. A week away from pureed food and 3-4 weeks from solid food.
Dr. Mir B. Ali

Googled for a Bariatric doctor for my Lap-Band. After some tests, realized that Lap-Band was leaking, I decided to go with Dr. Ali who was a highly rated surgeon. After meeting him, I got more confident about him doing my surgery.

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