Lap Band at BMI 31 to Stop the Yo Yo Yo Ing World - Bromsgrove, GB

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After years of going up and down in weight, and...

After years of going up and down in weight, and hitting 43yrs old and only 5ft 2in, i took the step to get a lap band fitted to stop me eating so much. No matter what amount of food i have, im never satisfied. I decided to go to the hospital group in Bromsgrove, my surgery was carried out by Dr Nijjar. My surgery went without hitch, however the shoulder pain was unbelievable, i was warned, but did not expect such deep pain. I stayed in overnight and was discharged the next day. Im now a week post surgery. So far theres obvious weight loss as im on a liquid diet. im not particularly hungry as i have a constant feeling of indigestion like pain. My scars are healing very well, but the port hole is protruding out of my stomach like a little alien. Im trying to keep a positive mind and put it down to swelling, i guess time will tell.

1 week review

I went to see the nurse and doctor after 8 days, scars are healing fantastic. The nurse agrees my port is really sticking out and after i do lose my weight its just going to get worse. She recommended i speak to the doctor who i was nervous about as its always lets wait and see to kind of fob you off. However, he was really good, he agreed it sticks out but explained why it was so difficult as i had liposuction previously so my fat on my stomach is low anyway. He explained he can move it to my hip side where he can sew it onto my muscle, but as its a round muscle it doesnt sit flat, therfore theres a risk of it flipping. I explained how i feel im leaning on the port when i fold over and due to my job as a marine biologist, i live in wetsuits and bikinis. im worried the wetsuit tightness on my rib cage will be affected and potentially it will be better on my hip. I need to do some research and speak to a few people before going back to make my decision as to whether or not to have it moved. weight loss after 8 days is 9kg so very pleased.

4 weeks post surgery

so last week i had the port moved to my left side after insisting i didnt want to be left with an alien sticking out my stomach. Very bruised but nothing unexpected and everyday gets better. ive had 2mm put in the band and its made no difference yet. i expect between 4-6 fills before i find the limit that suits me. scars healing really well. i have eaten everything ive wanted, normal consistency since week 2, no problems, no restrictions, all good.
Dr Nijjar

Nice doctor but i did wonder why no examination was done of my stomach area prior to surgery. Having had liposuction previously on my stomach, i would have expected at least an examination. Not a very personable doctor, but i guess as long as he is qualified to do my surgery thats not exactly essential.

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
2 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
1 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
1 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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