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    Oh yes!!!! Lots, every time it was filled, in all the time I have had the band fitted (july2006) It has been empty more of the time than filled.
    When I had fluid in the band I coud only eat very very sloppy food and only a couple of tea spoons (it always hurt when I ate, for about an hour or so after).
    I do get pain from the port and while I thought it was helping my to a healthy fitter body I just thought it as part of the path way.
    Now it draves me crazy:) when I bend down for the washing machine it seems to get caught in my ribs and I know I have to stand up and it will hurt like hell as it pops back out:(
    Diane x


    Sounds like your experience has been very similar to mine. Hope you get rid of yours soon. Quite a few people have said that living with a bypass after the band is sooooo much easier – hope they are right!!

    I still have pain all around my side and as I said above I still throw up very regularly, feels like I still have the band in some days, drives me nuts.

    Hope you hear soon.



    hi everyone
    was just wondering if anyone would be interested if i wrote up about my bypass and a kinda update whilst i wasnt on?


    Mandy – that would be great – gives others a chance to find out first hand what is involved, how you feel etc. Go for it!
    Look forward to reading it!
    All the best
    Julie x


    Absolutely Mandy! So informative for others!


    I have a blog which I update every day if anyone is interested the link is


    Wow Dave…very impressed with your fitness regime…cycling, swimming and exercises, you put me to shame, although I have booked a gym assessment for this Friday to try and kickstart something. The blog is great too – an everyday record of your journey that you will be able to look back at in years to come. I hope you are taking pics and measurements so that you have the complete picture. Who knows we may see you on the screen!
    I couldn’t exist on your diet though…you’ll turn into a piece of ham! Have you tried eating some simple roast chicken or a few prawns to ring the changes? I have some very simple ideas for early post-surgery food if you want me to send them on to you. Nothing fancy or fiddly but fab for getting the protein in. Carry on blogging!


    Hi yes foodie, that would be great thanks, although I am still experimenting with foods, the main thing is to take it easy, when I say easy, to some it may not be but as soon as my stomach says “THATS IT”, then I stop straight away. I have tried 3 meals a day and that seems to work great for me, for now although I do know people who have 6 mini meals a day. I do not like prawns and roast chicken sometimes doesn’t work for me so hence why I kept going with wafer thin ham!! Oh the joys of WLS!



    I fantastic idea, I am due to have my by-pass Thursday 18th, so anything you can write would be a great help.




    hi everyone
    thought some of you might be interested in my journey.
    in may 2008 after 15yrs and completely out of the blue my husband left. life was awful and after the shock a realised that some of my depression was due to my the past id loved racing on my bike and even rode for a race horse trainer. so off the dr i went.the first time a yr before hed said no but amazingly this time he said yes i think youll fit the criteria. book a double app to see me in 2 weeks!. i went back and was measurement and weighed etc and off the form went. id been warned if i was lucky enough to get funding it was a long wait.
    i actually forgot about it for a while and one day a letter arrived,saying i had funding to go see mr slater at st richards.i was thrilled. i saw him in may and got the go ahead for a bypass,off i went on a high. the next few weeks were interesting i went from cloud nine to terrified and back again ,read everything i could find on the net and even brought a book.
    i plagued the postman for letters and went to my app as they arrived.
    then in july i had the most awful pain id ever known off i went to out of hrs to be told what id tried to kid myself it wasnt gallstones!,scan confirmed i had them. i was terrified theyd stop op but actually in the end they prob did me a favour lol. i had a bit of a tough ride with them in and out of hospital. the worse being nearly getting both ops but in the end i went home to wait for the phone call with a date that all bypass patients wait for.
    on the 22nd october i went in for op, i was last on the list and went down at 2.30. the anaesathist was lovely and asked what drink and music i wanted,not that i remember hearing anything lol. dont remember anything until early hrs of the next morning. unfortunetly it hurt alot. aparently there was a prob with my blood and my heart rate was going funny. mr slater came to see me and had a feel of wound oh and then took me dow from the ceiling.
    the next day he came and said i was looking better and had had him very worried there!
    i went home a week later. things didnt really go as planned and i struggled,one day leaving my flat i had pain like someone was tearing my insides apart,off to hospital i went. i unfortunetly had 4 visits to st richards,i think i probably used their budget for the year. i had endoscopy(not recommended) gastrograph and finally i went back to theatre and had scar tissue removed and a balloon dilation. i then spent a fortnight in hospital as i had scared myself and couldnt eat or drink. i had a lovely abcess too from the lap instruments and that made me feel poorly. i eventually went home on the 12th december.
    spent a few days with my brother then had to face my flat alone. i had to do it but i really didnt want to be alone. it wasnt easy but im still here and its more like home now.
    it was a real rollercoaster,i had researched and researched but never really gave a thought to the emotional side and how badly it can effect you. i have to live with some guilt i still have as i still find it hard thinking my problems were physchological. i have so many people who iam so grateful too. i was so well looked after and ill never forget them all. well thats it really probably useless but hey give you something to read lol.
    love mandy xx

    Ms Ellie

    Mandy you certainly have been on a journey but hey… it can only get better for you now xxxx Keep us updated


    Mandy, thank you so much for sharing a part of your journey with us:).
    And what a journey, bless you x
    Diane x


    hi guys
    ive just dropped under 14st today xx


    Fantastic Mandy! I felt the same way when I suddenly realised I weighed less than my husband for the first time in years. Onwards and downwards!


    Well done you!

    I went out to a dinner do last night and the outfit I wore was a size 20. I felt like the bees knees lol having dropped from a size 28/30 and it’s only five weeks since my rny op. I had a little poached salmon and new potato followed by fresh fruit salad with a splash of cream. It was so good to be out and about eating with others and I had a great time. Can’t wait for my follow up appointment, which is week after next, so I can get weighed and find out just how much I have lost. I will not weigh myself at home because I know I would be on the scales everyday and quickly get disheartened. So I’m just sticking to it and waiting.

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