Which weight reduction surgey?

Kake aka PoeticErotica Kake aka PoeticErotica
I'm seriously considering getting either a lapband or similar implant or gastric bypass as I'm obese and it's near impossible for me to lose weight with terrible knees, polycystic ovary syndrome, a history of hypothyroidism, etc. I've heard good and bad things about both gastric & lapband, but still undecided. If you've had one of these procedures, have ever considered one, or just have a general opinion on which makes more sense, which would you choose and why?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Lapband
Miss Zombie , Karakaten , Lio , mb , chidoll , BadassFatass , cobiffle , sixfootsex , padmeamidala
9  (90%)
Gastric Bypass
daniel and frances
1  (10%)
Total votes: 10
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04/24/2011
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Miss Zombie Miss Zombie
I would say Lapband, since its reversible. A girl whose blog I follow had gastric and she has a lot of problems to deal with daily. She has to take tons of vitamins and has to really watch her protein intake and stuff. She also gets sick a lot from it. Which sucks, but she went from 350+ to 179, and still losing.

I am struggling with my weight as well, I wish I was brave enough to go through a weight loss surgery.
04/24/2011
Miss Zombie Miss Zombie
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Originally posted by Miss Zombie
I would say Lapband, since its reversible. A girl whose blog I follow had gastric and she has a lot of problems to deal with daily. She has to take tons of vitamins and has to really watch her protein intake and stuff. She also gets sick a lot from ... More
Her website is link. I have got some great inspiration from her. You should check her out. She is also with Eden.
04/24/2011
Kake aka PoeticErotica Kake aka PoeticErotica
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Originally posted by Miss Zombie
Her website is link. I have got some great inspiration from her. You should check her out. She is also with Eden.
My only concern w/ lapband is the results are MUCH less noticeable... my psychiatrist has had 5 patients have the Lapband procedure in a little over a year, and the last I heard, the one who'd lost the most weight had only lost NINETEEN friggin lbs. what's the pt, if that's the type of weigh loss i can expect?
04/24/2011
Kake aka PoeticErotica Kake aka PoeticErotica
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Originally posted by Miss Zombie
Her website is link. I have got some great inspiration from her. You should check her out. She is also with Eden.
However, I do know there are a ton more risks & complications w/ gastric & the recovery period is longer & it's more invasive, so I'm torn :/
04/24/2011
Karakaten Karakaten
As someone with hypothyroidism, damaged knees, and a family history of diabetes I can understand the frustration you're feeling. From what I gathered, the LapBand procedure is much safer and better for your body than Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve surgeries.

My grandmother had a GB done around 1975 or so. Gastric takes out a large portion of your stomach, and while that is permanent, it's also easily undone by continuing to drink soda, or otherwise overeat and stretch your stomach back out. Basically, GB gives your food a direct route to the toilet, letting less of it be consumed by the body.

Lapband is reversible, and does minimal damage to your body. It restricts the capacity of your stomache to small amounts (IE, two or three bites) at any time. Basically, you'll be eating a bite or two throughout the day. Any more than that will make you sick.
The downside to this is frequent visits to your doctor to get saline injected into the band, via shots directed into ports underneath your skin, and to monitor weight loss and so on. If too much saline is put in the LB, it's uncomfortable; too little saline, and it's ineffective. The first few visits will be focusing on finding that balance, pretty much. Also, your diet will have to change; less red meat, little to no soda, basically limit anything that will make you gassy and stress your stomache.

If a hospital near you offers the Lab Band, chances are they hold free seminars on it. That's where I learned most of what I know, paired up with meeting people who have had it done.

After looking at the numbers posted on LapBand's website, I decided against it. Something like 30% of patients having to undergo a second surgery to adjust their band? It may be less, but it made me shy from that path.

If you haven't already, be sure to talk these options over with your physician. They know your current conditions and such, and would be able to help you decide which is better for your body and lifestyle.
04/24/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
My mother had gastric bypass done in 1992 (told by her doctor that she'd die by the time she was 40 - 300 pounds on a five-foot VERY petite frame was killing her). She did very well on it, using as the tool that it is, adjusted her dietary and exercise habits, and was one of their poster-girls for it. However, it has been catching up with her (now in her mid-50's) because she can't absorb nutrients as well, liver problems, kidney problems, hair loss, digestive problems, and bone loss (due to malabsorption of calcium).

The bypass takes out large sections of the intestines, and there are parts of the intestines that absorb nutrients much better than the stomach - like calcium and iron and such. Not to mention that a bypass is irreversible. The Lap-Band allows proper absorption of nutrients and is reversible.

What I find annoying is that people expect bariatric surgery to be a 'miracle cure' when all it is is a tool to help with weight loss, just like gym equipment and food scales. You have to use it properly to get results. I'm certainly not ready for it myself, despite the current lowering of acceptance to a 35 BMI (30 BMI with co-morbidities) (I have a 36 BMI); it'll definitely be a last ditch option when I've exhausted other possibilities and/or a doctor says "Do it or die in two years".

Remember - it's a tool, not a miracle.
04/24/2011
Jobthingy Jobthingy
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
My mother had gastric bypass done in 1992 (told by her doctor that she'd die by the time she was 40 - 300 pounds on a five-foot VERY petite frame was killing her). She did very well on it, using as the tool that it is, adjusted her dietary and ... More
THIS!

So many people think of it as a quick fix. It is a life changing surgery. I know someone who got it done, she lied to the dr about her weight for the initial appt by hiding weights in her skirt (this is normal for those desperate to get the surgery it seems) because she was not heavy enough according to guidelines.

When she got approval she pigged out until the time came for the surgery so that she was actually the weight she should have been.

this was quite a few years back.

Now she has to monitor vitamins and proteins AND gained all the weight back.
04/24/2011
neon neon
save your money and change your diet and your mindset and don't waste your money on a cop out. its so common for people who have those procedures to gain the weight back and put even more on.
05/02/2011
kendra30752 kendra30752
Aw! I'm so sorry to hear about your health problems the polycystic ovary and all. I have a lot of female issues like endometriosis so I know it's not easy on a woman.

I really don't know about the surgery. I recently saw I believe one of those commericals that warn you about really bad drugs and stuff, that said something about the lap band. I'm unsure what it was and I know nothing about the surgeries as far as side effects and risks. I always thought from the little I knew, that lap band sounded pretty good since I've saw some very nice success stories from people who have had an amazing turn around in their health since getting it.

I hope that whichever you choose works out wonderfully for you! I know this can't be an easy decision. I wish you the very best of luck with this and the surgery. Do keep us updated when and if you decide anything.
05/02/2011
cobiffle cobiffle
Only worth it if you really need to lose weigh
05/02/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Both sound dangerous. Unnecessary surgery is trauma that your body doesn't need.

Have you tried working with a nutritionist? They can set up a diet and exercise program for you that takes into account your terrible knees, polycystic ovary syndrome, history of hypothyroidism, etc and still help you reach a healthy weight and improve your overall general health (cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, etc).
05/07/2011
daniel and frances daniel and frances
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Originally posted by Kake aka PoeticErotica
I'm seriously considering getting either a lapband or similar implant or gastric bypass as I'm obese and it's near impossible for me to lose weight with terrible knees, polycystic ovary syndrome, a history of hypothyroidism, etc. I've ... More
I have been considering this myself. I only voted gastric because it's the one I have the most knowledge of. Perhaps all your voters are right and lapband is the way to go. Either way, good luck. I know your struggle and it just sucks.
05/07/2011
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