Life Changing Lap Band Surgery! - Dr. Johnell, Greeley, CO

I was huge. 243 pounds and 5'8". I was in a...

I was huge. 243 pounds and 5'8". I was in a terrible marriage and stupidly ate through my misery rather than get out. I had high blood pressure. I wanted to feel like the band gave me just a little help rather than make me throw up like most people did, so I didn't get very much saline injected. I wanted to feel like I did it myself, and I really do feel like I accomplished that. I lost 60 pounds pretty easily then these last 20 came off in the last 2 years through better exercise habits. It has been very disheartening to get to the gym and work so hard and actually look worse naked for these last 20 pounds! The skin on my stomach just hangs. I'd like to gain more muscle now and get all this horrible extra skin cut off in a Mommy Makeover, arm lift and possibly lower body lift. You can't see in the picture but when my arms are raised parallel to the ground, they flap like a manta ray - it's hideous.

?This will sound weird, but the hardest part...

This will sound weird, but the hardest part of recovery was the liquid diet. I literally put food in my mouth, chewed it up and spit it out just so I could chew something. Seriously I thought I was going to lose my mind and I realize this was mostly an emotional / psychological thing. Luckily it was over soon. The other struggle has been adding sauces. Sauces became very appealing when I realized I could eat more that way. But in the last few years I learned I had to exercise and it's not optional. Sorry to break it to everyone who hates exercise, but that's the key. :D

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Hard to believe I ever even looked like that.
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Wow, you're looking so good in your new pic, congratulations! You've worked hard and it definitely shows!
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I was going to have gastric bypass, but the doctors changed me to lap band because of heart risks. I am extremely disappointed because I have not heard very good things about the band. I would love to hear from some of you that have had it done, your experiences, results, " the fillings", etc. I need your help, please. Mari from Texas
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Well I'm living proof I guess. The fills were kind of a non-event. What do you want to know about them? They happened in the first couple of months. I never got another one - wanted to do this "on my own" as much as possible. I had a fantastic doctor and placement of the band is supposed to be key but I'm no expert. Glad to answer your questions. Good luck!
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I want to know if your weight loss has been significant and quick enough. One of the main reasons I wanted the bypass was the remission of Type 2 diabetes and the fact that I get out on breath. Just walking from my home to the car.
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I lost 60 pounds in about 6 months but I exercised 3 times a week. Then I stayed at that weight for a couple of years because I quit exercising. Then I started exercising again and MAGIC - lost the other 25-35 lbs. My sister had bypass and gained back 50 pounds. Don't be focused on how fast it happens because all the bypass people seem to gain a bunch back when their intestines figure out what has happened. You want to lose it and keep it off, otherwise what's the point? I will add some photos. :D
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You are awesome for sharing this... Thank you so much
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Thanks for emphasising we need to exercise to get the weight off and body we want.
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Welcome and thanks for sharing your experience with us!

Congratulations on your weight loss, that's a huge achievement, you've done really well! How did you find the recovery from the surgery and the new dietary requirements? Did you struggle with any part of it?

Hopefully once you've had the skin excision surgeries, you'll get the body you've worked so hard for. :-)
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Hello! This will sound weird, but the hardest part of recovery was the liquid diet. I literally put food in my mouth, chewed it up and spit it out just so I could chew something. Seriously I thought I was going to lose my mind and I realize this was mostly an emotional / psychological thing. Luckily it was over soon. The other struggle has been adding sauces. Sauces became very appealing when I realized I could eat more that way. But in the last few years I learned I had to exercise and it's not optional. Sorry to break it to everyone who hates exercise, but that's the key. :D
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The liquid diet is definitely very difficult. I was on a 3 week liquid-only diet pre-op and it was very very hard. I also missed chewing, so I started chewing sugar free gum, just for the sensation.

Exercise is definitely the key. I need to up my exercise, it's just getting that first bit of motivation to do it! :-)
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Kirsty do you have any new pictures for us?
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Oh God - I didn't have to do that pre op as well, just post. You're a trooper. They absolutely forbid us from gum... horror stories about it blocking up our bands. As far as exercise goes, hiring a trainer, even once a week, has been the greatest thing that has ever happened to my figure. It's worth the $. Totally keeps me accountable and removes all monotony of exercise. :D
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I just added a new pic!
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