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  • #29961
    Streamline
    Member

    I have read that some people have their Lapband filled in the x-ray department. Should I do that? I hear it’s more expensive and wondered if it was routine?

    #34165
    Toni Russo
    Member

    We don’t recommend routine fills to be done under x-ray and prefer to safe x-ray to check band placement after the operation and when we are looking for complications.

    Clinical (without x-ray) fills have be proven to be safe and the majority of fills (over 90%) across the world are done this way.

    #34192
    Gill
    Member

    I had a band fill 2 days ago, I normally notice a difference in the amount I can eat straight away. This time I have not felt any restriction and am still eating the same amount as prior to my fill.

    Has this happened to anyone else and is it normal?

    #34187
    Emm
    Member

    Hi Gill
    It happened to me at my last fill, but last time they only put 1ml in and the time before they put in 2.5ml.
    The time before I didnt have to have a fill for 6 months but this time it has only been 3 months. So I think it changes depending on how much theyu fill the band. I have noticed this time that I have only lost a few pounds where as before I lost loads.
    Emm

    #34193
    Gill
    Member

    The last fill I had was different to all the others as the doctor drained my band of all fluid to see how much was in my band and then put the fluid back in and then gave me an additional 0.25ml of saline solution and it took four attempts to find the port, which was uncomfortable. Normally Shaw Somers carries out my fills and he is amazingly efficient and bang on every time.

    I hope the restriction kicks in soon or is the answer to go for another fill?

    #34188
    Emm
    Member

    Hi Gill
    Hope you are feeling the effect from your band fill now. I had my filled yesterday, and like you they normally dont have much trouble, but this time 3 attemps later they got Dr in to find it, it was rally uncomfortable. They put 1ml in but I am really suffering today, as am struggling to even drink a cup of tea let alone food. Should really go back and probably have some taken out, but cant put myself through all that again. Will see how I go, by my scales have lost 5lb since yesterday, which seems a lot to me.
    Hope you are ok
    Emm

    #34194
    Gill
    Member

    Hi Emm,

    I’m feeling a little effect from the band fill, still disappointed. I know how frustrating it is, but my friend had the same problem as yours and had to have a some of the solution removed, because the more established your band is the longer it holds on the solution, so for your own sake I would make the trip to have it removed. Did you happen to go to Harrow to have your fill, if so thats the same place as I did, he was a real nice person but its no consolation. Your right 5lbs is a lot, I’m not a doctor but I guess you’ll be losing body fluid too if you can’t eat much please get it checked out.

    x

    #34166
    Toni Russo
    Member

    Hi Emm

    The fills are to bring about restriction and not obstruction. Drinking shouldn’t be difficult-maybe slower. Don’t wait until the weekend or you may have to go to an A&E. If drinking is difficult Thursday am you must call Harrow to have some fluid out. I’ll be there in the afternoon so I may see you. Please look after yourself.

    T

    #34189
    Emm
    Member

    Hi Gill
    No I got it filled in Chichester, has settled a bit, but still quite hard to eat, am managing cup a soups and a small amount of fluid.
    Emm

    #34195
    Gill
    Member

    I just wanted to say that restriction has finally kicked in! I was inpatient in my expectations, but incase any one else looks at this post and has the same problem, I didn’t want them thinking that they should have the fill topped up or maybe my case is unique. x

    #34203
    Roxy
    Member

    Hi just wanting some advice

    I had my band fitted in August 2009, I have had two fills and now have 2.9 in my 9ml band. I have lost 3st and 10lb. Should I have another fill, I’m scared because I don’t want to be too tight and not to be able to enjoy food with my family. As yet this has hardly ever happened. But I feel that I should have lost more weight by now. But on the other hand I am proud that I lost 3st 5ib with only 2.4 in my band. I actually thought I had 3.75……………

    My family think I should have another fill, but I’m so not sure. It is getting harder and harder each day to be good and naughty foods just slip through.

    Any advice on what food I should be eating, I know chicken and fish, but what else?

    Should I have lost more by now?????

    #34182
    Claire
    Member

    Hi Roxy

    Firstly, big well done on the weight you have lost so far, you should be proud! ๐Ÿ˜€

    You need to be eating protein (like chicken and fish) followed by vegies then carbs only if you have room. For me, my band just doesn’t like any other types of meat (even with chicken, it has to be thigh, breast meat is just too dry). I eat alot of lentils and beans – they are a great source of protein and I make a mean dahl (tastes just like the local take away but virtually fat free) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I was told to only eat ramekin dish sized meals and I find I can’t manage any more even if I wanted to. Are you still sticking to the no drinking before, with and after meals rule?

    If your portion sizes have crept up and you are still sticking to the rules, then yes I would recommend going for a little fill.

    I was told to expect between 1-2lb loss per week. Luckily I reached my “sweet spot” very early and have managed to maintain an average loss of over 2lb per week. When I have a stall for a few weeks and my portion sizes creep up, then I know it’s time for another wee fill.

    I currently have 4.25ml in my 9ml band. I did go up to 5ml, but my restriction was too tight so went for a defill.

    With regard to your level of restriction, it’s a purely personal decision, but you have to decide whether losing the weight or enjoying food with your family is more important right now. As you know the band is a tool and it is up to us to work with it and make the right food choices. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint, I do have the occasional treat, but it’s just that, occasional. Naughty foods tend to be easier to slip through the band than good food which is why many bandsters revert to them – those choices are down to you alone ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck with whatever you decide, and anytime you have any questions, just shout ๐Ÿ™‚

    xxx

    #34204
    Roxy
    Member

    Thanks Claire for your advice. I’m not sticking to the drinking rules, it’s so hard to remember to drink before a meal as I’m always rushing around. It’s not until I eat that I think, drink, though I’m working on it and trying to have a bottle of water with me all the time. When I can’t eat because the food is stuck or i’m sick my family get so upset. Also no one knows that I have had a band fitted outside of my immediate family.

    I do think I need a fill and have now booked one for the 29th May. I feel like I am slipping into my old habits and I never want to do that again.

    Once again, thanks, and good luck in your journey too !!!

    #34183
    Claire
    Member

    Hi Roxy – you’re not drinking with meals are you?

    Normally for me, if food’s got stuck it’s because I haven’t been concentrating on my meal and as a result I haven’t chewed enough… chew, chew, chew… ๐Ÿ˜‰ That should help you stop PBing as often… there are some foods that I literally can’t chew enough to get them small enough to go through my band (there’s a thread on the forum somewhere where I posted a list of a lot of them) and they are quite typical of a lot of bandsters.

    The other thing that might make you PB is if you are eating a little too quickly and miss the “satisfied” feeling you get – it’s tricky to catch and if I miss it and go even one mouthful over I PB, the only thing to do is take your time and really concentrate on every mouthful, put your cutlery down between each mouthful and don’t get your next fork or spoonful until your mouth is empty. I was told that a meal should take around 20 minutes to eat, but never more than 30, and that is a small meal that would fit in a ramekin dish.

    I tend to spend all morning drinking because my restriction is tighter in the morning and I can’t eat until lunchtime anyway. I have quite a bit of medication that I have to take and have to spread them out so they don’t get stuck, so end up drinking about a litre and a half before lunchtime anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do you drink tea/coffee? If you switch to decaf or herbal, they can count towards your 2 litres a day.

    Good luck with your fill, hope you get to your sweetspot ๐Ÿ˜€

    xxx

    #34205
    Roxy
    Member

    Thanks Claire, you have given me so much info. I am just not paying enough attention to my eating. I am often rushing and that IS when it gets stuck and I know that I’m not chewing enough. I think because I have had, and still have, so little in my band I haven’t yet appreciated what the band does and a lot of the time eating is just as it always was. I feel sure now that i need a fill. What is the “sweet spot” I have heard about it just not to sure what it is. Sometime my band restricts me and I’m still hungrey so I keep on eating and I’m then sick, but this doesn’t happen often, I don’t seem to feel that restriction very often.

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