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I posted this response to a similar thread the other day:
‘I had a band, it didn’t work, it came out (the relief!). My weight was already piling back on (and it seems so much worse doesn’t it?) and I wanted another go at a band (idiot!) as I was terrified of the bypass for so many reasons. Shaw Somers said that a bypass would be the best option for me and I trusted his advice.
I had my bypass a year after my band removal in March 2010. The op went well, I have lost a LOT of weight, and living with a bypass has been SO much easier. The downside for me is that I have not been well since my bypass, but that is not because I had a band before, but just sod’s law I guess. I am still unwell, but for the vasy majority of people, they have a straightforward recovery and get on with the business of living!
The risks of revision are a little greater and the overall speed and amount of weight lost is often not as much with a band to bypass as with a first time bypass, so these are things to consider. Not sure how much weight you need/want to lose, but it is worth thinking about. I have lost 99% so far of my excess weight, but that is not common at all! I think about 60% is more usual for a revision…
I do not regret my decision, Shaw Somers is a fab surgeon and he will take great care of you. Honestly, I would say listen to him, he knows his stuff! There are never any guarantees in life, but living with obesity is a prison sentence, and with Shaw Somers and the team looking after you, you can look forwards to a richer and fuller life with your family. Life is for living, my life with a band was miserable, and I would have been filled with ‘what if’s’ if I hadn’t gone for a bypass.
No op is guaranteed to work, no op is guaranteed to keep the weight off, it is but a tool, but after the failure of my band, life with a bypass has so far been much easier.
You absolutely need to chew loads and eat slowly, but I always felt like I was being choked with my band. I had a few ‘slip ups’ early on with the bypass, but it quickly passed. I now feel I can eat normally, just much smaller amounts. There are foods I still cannot eat such a rice, brown bread, some pasta, some meat etc, but I can eat most things. I dump like a trooper so cannot tolerate sugar at all, and do not get on well with carbs or fat, but I think the latter is due to the other problems I have.
If you want to have a chat, PM me. There are quite a few peeps about who have had this revision done, go to a support group to find some if it helps! ‘
I have heard of the Abiliti, isn’t it some sort of implant? I have not heard that they do theis at Streamline, but I am sure you will be put on the right path on Monday. If you did eat around the band, then I would recommend telling Mr Somers this, and possibly getting psychotherapy, as Still trying said, you can eat around any surgery if you want to enough…
FOR ME THE BYPASS WAS VERY DIFFERENT, I HAVE NEVER FELT THAT HORRID CHOKING FEELING LIKE I HAD WITH THE BAND. EVEN THE FEW TIMES I WAS SICK IT WAS VERY DIFFERENT…good luck with your decision (sorry for the capitals, didn’t mean to shout!).
I believe that the surgery levels the playing field, it helps you to lose weight but then it is up to you to work at keeping the weight off (or losing more if you need/want to). Eating healthily and exercising are important…it is not a magic wand!
Do let us know how you get on.