Feeling like a lapband failure

Saw my surgeon yesterday and had gained some weight back.  We discussed the idea of converting to another surgery.

He is worried that I could be possibly stretching my esophagus since the band is TIGHT.  He tried to give me another fill yesterday and I wasn't able to drink water afterwards. He had to immediately go back and take a little out.

We talked a lot about the mental side of things and I wish I could figure that part out.  Of course if I could, I wouldn't need the surgery at all.

I'm seriously thinking about converting to the sleeve.  I'm more comfortable with the sleeve than the bypass.  At least then I won't have a foreign body in me.

The whole situation though makes me want to cry.  

I don't regret having the band.  The sleeve wasn't available to me when I had my surgery a year ago.  If it was, I might have chosen that.

The good news is that I don't have to all of the pre/post surgery stuff again.  Dr. B is confident that I would get approved by my insurance.

I need to talk to my husband about it and see what his travel schedule is like.  If I'm going to do this again, it would be ideal to do it in January.  I have too much going on family wise in December to deal with recovery.

I see him again in 4 weeks and I'm going to decide by then.  I'll spend the next couple of weeks researching


About nancykerins

I am a 38 year full time working mother of one doing my best to get healthy. I had lapband surgery in November of 2010 and then had a revision to the vertical gastric sleeve in February 2012. The purpose of this blog is a therapeutic tool for me to work out my feelings and write about what is going on during this experience. If I can help others through this blog, that is just a bonus.
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One Response to Feeling like a lapband failure

  1. Because of my horrible experience with the band….
    If your insurance will cover you converting to the sleeve, DO IT!
    If you are having problems now, you will probably continue to have them, just like me. When I got my band, I know of 2 other people that did the same, about the same time here where I live. They both went down a similar path as I did. One had his removed, just after me & the other converted to the sleeve.

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