I am scheduled to have a second lap band put in on July 24th. For those of you who have been following along with my “journey”, I had multiple problems with my first lap band, which I had in 2003. Over the last year I have gained back 50 of the 100 pounds that I had originally lost with my first band.
I decided 2 months ago that I was going to get a second band. The last two months have been an emotional rollercoaster as I have mentally chewed on what went wrong to lose my first band, as well as what can I do differently this time in order to be successful with my second band.
After many emails and phone conversations with my doctor over the last 6 weeks I have finally come to a place mentally and emotionally where I’m ready to take the plunge a second time. Unfortunately I guess I had to learn these lessons the hard way, so if any one out there is considering getting a lap band or has a lap band but is having problems I highly recommend you read this blog as I think it may be helpful. The following tips are what I learned first hand with my first band:
• Weight loss should be relatively slow with the band. How fast you lose weight will be impacted by the total amount you want to lose so consult your doctor as to how quickly you should expect weight loss. It’s important to have the correct expectations going in. For a sense of comparison, it took me 2 years to lose 100 pounds.
• Follow your doctor’s instructions. I did not stay on liquids for the first 21 days after the surgery and this may have lead to some of my problems. Additionally, and I can’t stress this enough, if you start having problems like constant “productive burping” or “PBing”, (which is very similar to throwing up), get into your doctor immediately and do not put it off. This is more important if you are using a doctor who is in Mexico or not located near your home. I think this was the single biggest mistake I made which caused me to lose my band.
• A lap band will greatly help with the “mental eating”, or continuing to eat even after you know you are full but for some reason you just continue to eat because mentally it feels good.