Tuesday, October 11, 2011

alone again

I am pretty much on my own again in my quest for a healthier me.  I can no longer tolerate fills so what I have now is pretty much it.   I have not been getting much love from my band in almost a year.  My surgeon wants to remove it all together due to my reflux problems.  So its time for me to face life without the band.  Revision surgery to the sleeve is an option but, I don't wish to self pay and insurance would require removing my band, gaining back all my previous weight and then a 6 month supervised diet.

While my first instinct was to reject my surgeons offer.....the truth is I am slowing gaining all my weightloss back anyway.  If I could lose weight without my band, I wouldn't have gotten it in the first place.  I am trying....I really am.  I walk 3-4 days a week for 60 minutes, I do resistance training on my knee twice a week.  I just cannot do this on my own.

I have decided to have the band removed and do the supervised diet.  Hell I'm dieting anyway and if left on my own, without a doubt,  I will be back where I started anyway.  I started this journey with the band for health reasons, I already have high blood pressure, diabetes runs rampant in my family.  It is so scary to think about going through another surgery :(


  1. I hear what you are saying but please know that you are not alone. All of us other bloggers (banded or not) are here for you.

    Please consider all of your options and do your research so you can do the best thing for YOU.

    HUGS :)

  2. So sorry to hear this is still happening to you ;-(

    Please keep us posted and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. So sorry. I don't really know what to say, but I hope you find a solution that works best for you. Thoughts with you.

  4. Oh Dee....I know what you are going through! I had the same issues with my band. The best thing I ever did was having it removed and having the revision surgery to the Sleeve. It is so much different than the band...better for me. No fills/unfills, no reflux. I came out of the surgery totally restricted! Love it. Three months later, I am at the restriction level that I will be from here on out. I can comfortably eat about 1/2 - 3/4 of food at a sitting and I can eat ANYTHING. There is no such thing as getting stuck! I have had two instances where I ate too much and it came up but it was not like getting stuck.

    Good luck with your band removal and if you have any questions on the sleeve....just ask!

  5. Oh Dee, you poor dear. I'm so sorry you are going through this. Jacquie could help you, she's had the revision to the sleeve and has done beautifully I'm sure she can give you some words of advice. Good luck, I'll be thinking about you!

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your band troubles, I had to have mine removed as well (in June). I am on my own too now- insurance won't cover a revision to sleeve, so I'll be self pay if I can afford it. I've managed to lose about 5lbs since my band removal, so hang in there and get support where ever you can so that you can keep going in the right direction. If you ever want to talk shoot me an email :)


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