Andrea discusses how she feels with the permanent REALZE® Band access port in her body and explains the REALIZE® Band adjustment procedure.
Because of the REALIZE® Band I have a port and tubing and the band around my stomach in my body. That’s one of the things I was a little nervous about when we started. It’s another thing that I feel that Dr. Johnell has done research about is the testing on the bands before they were approved in the United States. The REALIZE® Band was approved later than the LAP-BAND®.
I feel that there was medical testing done, that having that in my body is safe. I don’t feel like there is going to be breakdown. If I do have problems or feel like there might be problems I feel like I can go to Dr. Johnell and have it removed.
The port is something that I can feel especially as I’ve lost more and more weight; it’s a bump in my stomach. I can feel it every day. It’s just part of my body. I don’t feel uncomfortable with it.
Another question people have asked me that they’ve been concerned about is when you are having the fluid checked or put in and removed it’s a poke through the skin with a needle. It’s very brief. It’s not painful. It’s not even like having a shot because with a shot you have chemicals or the immunization vaccination going through your body. There’s no sting and so it’s not something that ever bothered me and it’s not something that I need to have done anymore either.
Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: Bariatric Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure, Comorbidities, Nutrition, BMI, Weight Loss, Body Mass Index, REALIZE® Band
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, North Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center
Location: Greenley, CO, Colorado, Cloverly, Alden, Johnstown, Hardman, Windsor, Auburn, La Salle, Gill, Elm, 80631
Expert: Dr. Michael W. Johnell, Dr. Johnell, Michael Johnell, M.D., Bariatric Surgeon Michael W. Johnell, Doctor Johnell
Expertise: Weight Management, Restorative Health, Bariatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band