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    Thanks SassyMummy!
    Every second is filled with Lap Band thoughts, i have a friend who is getting her does at the same time but different clinic. So i think that will give us both a bigger chance of success.

    Can i ask what made you choose the sleeve over the band?

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    Well I hope it goes well for you both! It'll be good having someone close to you going through the same thing at the same time!

    To choose between the band and sleeve, I read stories from people who'd been through it. Of course I looked at pros and cons and medically relevant stuff too... but for me, the people who lived with both had much more useful info to offer than statistics did! I wanted to know what life with a band or sleeve was like... and which I would be happier with myself.

    Reading forums, blogs, etc... the sleeve was the more appealing option for me by a long shot. The fact that's it permanent wasn't a problem for me... I didn't really care either way, as I wanted weight loss to permanent so wasn't too concerned with that aspect. Some sleevers don't like the idea of something foreign in their body either, so don't get a band for that reason...

    But I also had some people I met from here... some who had the band, some who'd had the sleeve, who I could ask direct questions to as well... it just seemed that overall, the sleevers found their WLS less bothersome... and easily to live with long-term. I also felt that the weight loss results were a bit better with the sleeve... so that's what I chose.

    Lol. It's so hard to word this, because I want you to be happy with your choice and not put off by anything I might say in regards to my reasons for not choosing a band! Basically, you have to be happy with your own choice though... and everyone will look at the evidence differently I suppose. Just for me, the sleeve was the clear winner.

    I never really considered bypass, and my surgeon said he wouldn't have considered it for me either... so it was always just between band and sleeve for me anyway.

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    Hey all it's been forever since I've been on here!!

    I ended up having Lapband last Dec when bub was a few months old. I weighed 130kg. I'm sad to say that over a year later I am at the same. I have never been able to get into the 'green zone' of the right fill. I'm either constantly throwing up or having absolutely no effect. I'm very disappointed cuz I've read hundreds of success stories and me, well, just a failure! I've started Lite n Easy recently and my band is at throw up point so it takes me ALL day to eat the 1200 cal program. I still throw up daily tho, even with following all the instructions. I believe lapband can work for some people but I urge people considering it to not be so blindly lead into the procedure. It cost $3000 and honestly I wish I had spent that money on Lite n Easy and a personal trainer as I would have had better results.

    I wish I'd done the sleeve! But that's just my two cents worth.

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    It's not you that's a failure Borealis. I run a sleeve group on FB, and your experience is a common one... so it's not YOUR doing at all. Don't blame yourself.

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    Hey this participated button is great!


    Thanks for that sassy, It sure is a journey isn't it, and we all have different paths.
    I start the optifast Friday morning booked in for the 15th


    Borealis, what clinic do you go to? Do you see a dietician, I hope you can get the results you after soon

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    If you get phi and wait the year do u just pay excess? Like is there any other costs involved? And does phi cover appts with docs? Also if u need ur lapband out first is that all covered by phi?

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    No phi doesnt xover all the costs. Just the hospital stay and stuff.

    I was out of pocket 6 grand to surgeon and anaesthetist


    Mumma to two beautiful boys on the spectrum and one special little girl.

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    That gave me 12 months free follow up appointments but i needed to pay for appointments prior to surgery


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    So if I chose to go private to get sleeve surgery done I'd actually be out of pocket about $6000??? On top of paying for each docs appt??



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    I had private health cover (top) it was 180 a month for 12 months, then my initial consult was out of pocket about 60 bucks then again for second appt. Then i hadto pay surgeon $4700 for the surgery and the anaesthetist was $1600.

    Then nothing after that.

    Without health insurance they said the surgery is around $17000??




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