Lap Band

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Lap band surgery involves placing an inflatable band around the top portion of the stomach, limiting its ability to expand. Because it can't hold as much food before you feel full, you eat less and—if all goes according to plan—lose weight. LEARN MORE â€ş
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Stephanie's Lapband Journey - Commerce, MI

Struggled with my weight my whole life. Was comfortable with the lapband and knew it was the right decision for me regardless of the amount of weight I had to lose. My starting weight was 313.6lbs and I'm currently 156.3lbs. It was worth all of the hard work, and I recommend the lapband for... READ MORE

Banded March 2007 - Chicago, IL

Well I actually joined this site because I will be having a tummy tuck next week, but am very happy to share my lapband experience as well. I was banded over 4 years ago and it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I really don't know what I would without my band. I lost 60 lbs... READ MORE

Lovin' My Lap-Band - Hurst, TX

I am so proud of the decision that I made to have Lap-Band surgery. I was "banded" on Dec. 21, 2010. The journey has been challenging but to date I have lost 35 pounds and gone from a size 22/24 to a size 14 and still going down. The biggest pro from having this done is that I get... READ MORE

Bythetimeim50 Lap Band - St. Louis, MO

I had Lap Band surgery May 4, 2011, and had an Allergan . My starting weight was 310.8 and my weight as of today is 260.2 (week 14 post-op). I chose to have weight loss surgery because I began having health problems, namely high blood pressure and high blood sugar. It was also becoming... READ MORE

Stomach Perforated by Dr. Carson Liu - Santa Monica, CA

On September 12th, 2012 I had a routine Lap Band surgery with Dr. Liu. 24 hours later I was rushed to the emergency room in extreme pain. My stomach had been perforated and I needed emergency surgery to remove the Lap Band. I was in the hospital for 8 days and it took months to recover. My... READ MORE

Wish I Did It Sooner... - San Diego, CA

I had my band done back in 2009 and within the first couple of years, I lost over 100 lbs without exercising. I chose lap band because I am the nervous type and didn't want anything I couldn't reverse. Since the weight loss, I'm naturally active now so it helps me with maintaining my weight loss... READ MORE

47 Year Young Looking for a New Healthy Start - Noblesville, IN

It's all about healthy for me. Taking care of my husband with cancer......I knew I needed to make changes in my life. The first change was to get healthy so I can take better care of my husband and myself. All pros no cons with my surgery. My experience with the Lapband is a Learning process,... READ MORE

26 Years Old BMI 38. United Kingdom, GB

I am 26 years old and my BMI is 38. I look and feel very depressed by my size. It is effecting my health, I have always got pain in my back most days I can't move, I have tried to exercise but my back won't allow me to do much. I am thinking about getting the gastric band put in. I need to hear... READ MORE

Banded for 11 Years, Going Through Ups and Downs, Need Wise Words Form Other's with the Band - Belgium, BE

11 years with the band and I still believe its the best thing I've done for myself. Having the band has given me control of my food intake and weight. The operation was done in Belgium, great experience. Living with the band takes getting used to and you must learn your limits, eating to fast... READ MORE

I Was 30 when I Had Lapband Surgery

I had a lapband done right after my30th birthday. I weighed about 240 at 4' 11".... Not good at all!!! I had 3 great kids but I was trapped inside this body that wasn't mine. I finally made the decision after unsuccessfully trying diet and exercise. While yes it can be done that way- my mind and... READ MORE

45, 3 Kids After 40 - Chicago, IL

My insurance does not cover any weight loss surgery. I am being quoted 17500. Isn't that really high? It includes everything for a year post surgery. I am very willing to go out of state. I have heard that states like Nebraska, Omaha, new Mexico are much, much cheaper than in the... READ MORE

My Story - Clinton, IL

I fit all for the criteria for the lap band procedure, weight, psych profile, etc. had all of the tests required & I expected great results. I followed the Dr. orders to a t. Initially I lost some weight, but it went very slowly. I had my fills done regularly . My port was always painful... READ MORE

Mass Upper Left Side - San Diego, CA

I had my lap band surgery in December 2009, have had some weight loss at begging . I am worried at the moment because I have a mass ball next to the port/band, I just my general doctor and he referred me to a specialist, I'm worried because the port moved several inches up and I lots of... READ MORE

7 Years Post Op. Not Worth It - La Jolla, CA

I had the lap band in 2009. The first year I lost 65 lbs. It was a difficult year adjusting to the daily vomiting, horrible acid reflux and the pressure of the food sitting on the band. I kept the weight off a couple of years, then gained all back by the 4 the year. I started seeing a... READ MORE

Kinda Disappointed So Far - Hurst, TX

I'm 60 years old. Been a lifetime dieter but weight got out of control in my 40's. This surgery was a gift to myself for turning 60. During the liquid period 5 days before and 5 days after surgery lost about 8 pounds. Then I started on food. I have had only 1 fill. They tried to put in 3 ml but... READ MORE

Smartshape - Calgary, AB

Promised the moon and the stars, I received scars and a lighter pocket book. The lapband has restricted my portions; however, I have not lost any weight since having it done. I have contacted Smartshape about a revision and they said they don't do them and then did not call back for follow up calls. READ MORE

My 1st Step to Freedom with a Perfect Doctor - Egypt

First, i didn't want to make the operation or even go to the doctor but i was forced to go anyway. i met a doctor who helped me and guide me before and after the operation, till now he calls me every 2 weeks and ask me about the updates. with him i lost a lot of weight but i gain my self-confidence. READ MORE

40 Yrs Old. - United Kingdom

I am delighted to have made the decision to undergo a gastric band procedure. I have gained copious amounts of weight over the years and I am now at my heaviest, being 103kg in size 16-18 uk size clothes. I have a whole wardrobe of beautiful size 12 clothes, I so desperately want to see myself... READ MORE

Had Lap Band Surgery in 2012 and Would Like to Share the Experience! - Oklahoma City, OK

I have been overweight my whole life. It's purely genetic for me. I worked out hours a day, played softball and basketball in high school (and was pretty dang good for being a fatty) and really didn't eat much. The only time I found myself losing weight was if I was eating 1,000 calories a day... READ MORE

Lap Band Removal - Fountain Valley, CA

After the Lap Band failed (slipped) I saw Doctor Russo to remove the band and do a revision to the bypass. During the surgery the doctor removed the band, however was unable to do the conversion due to the excessive scar tissue associated with the band. The doctor removed the scar tissue and... READ MORE

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