Thanks guys! Well I've never been over 135kg and it sounded as though I was only just eligible for the lapband. I think the band is probably better for me as I don't want something irreversible and also love that the band is adjustable for pregnancy etc. However I didn't know about the sleeve so I'm going to do some researching! thanks for the info!
Ok so the 4-1-1 on the lapband (as compared to the sleeve, IMO)(I have the lapband)(and am using lots of brackets lately, sorry)..
As mentioned, it is adjustable. You can change how restricted you are, ie. how much you can/can't eat by visiting your surgeon and having it tightened or loosened. It's a simply procedure that takes less than a minute, but it's obviously a pain in the bum if you live far away from your surgeon. I'm an hour by car so it's not entirely convenient, but not out of the question. I fell pregnant with the band so had all of the fluid removed for the pregnancy.
It is reversible, which is the main reason I decided to go with the band. My sister also had the procedure and has since had hers removed. If you want more details about that, feel free to PM me, but I won't go into details here for the sake of her privacy
Unlike with the sleeve, I can't physically tolerate certain foods. My band is quite loose at the moment, but I still struggle with soft, doughy breads (including pizza bases ), stringy vegetables (like celery), tough meat, scrambled eggs and quiche, and a few other things. It varies from person to person. When I am at a "good" level of restriction - which for me is when I'm losing between 1 and 1.5kgs a week - I can't tolerate any bread at all, pretty much no meat other than mince... you get the picture. It can be a pain, but you do learn very quickly what you can and can't have, and you do adjust.
Weight loss tends to be slower and, when you look at the averages, people lose more weight with the sleeve. My starting weight was 126kgs. I got pregnant 7 months after I had the surgery, and I was 91kgs. DD is 12 weeks old now and I am about 95kgs, and my goal is 75kgs.
Unlike with the sleeve, you CAN cheat. You can drink high calorie drinks, eat icecream, foods with lots of cream etc, and you won't lose any weight. Like with anything, you need to eat healthy and wholesome food or it doesn't work, even at a high level of restriction.
Anyway I hope some of this helps! If you have more questions, I will try and answer them as best as I can
Last edited by Mrs Molly Coddle; 10-04-2011 at 21:19.
Oh and I also meant to say that if things don't work out with me and the band, I would ideally go for the sleeve surgery as my next step. Except I can't afford it so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the band stays happy.
Mrs Molly, Firstly thanks for that wonderful post.
Wow you are doing so well Mrs Molly
Why thank you my love! And it's my pleasure!!
I am really struggling at the moment. I was 95kgs when DD was born, went up to 97, down to 94, back on 95, so I'm "maintaining" I suppose. I have had one adjustment but it didn't really make much difference. She is exclusively breastfed and the surgeon says they don't like to start tightening it until the little babies are at least 4 months old so as not to interfere with my milk supply. Rightly so, I think, but I wish I had a bit more self control so I could lose a bit on my own!!
I am stuck on 102/103 round about. I have had a headache/migraine for the last week and a half. I have doing easy meals instead of healthy/ weight loss meals. Lot's of take aways etc.. I hope to get off this silly round about next week.
I am glad your surgeon is taking M into his calculations for your band adjustments.
Oh thanks girls. I did think that once I had DD that I would just pick up where I left off and keep dropping the weight, so it's disappointing. I think others expected I would too. N'mind.
loving5 - yes it was very sensible of him. I'm surprised actually. I thought he'd just pump it all back in and send me on my way, but he has been quite conservative. Very good of him and DD is happy! Wishing you a better week this week and hope those migraines disappear! Ouch!
Try not to let the pressure get to u miss molly c, the body doesn't recover hormonally for at least a yr after having a bub (so my gp says). Frustrating I know. *hugs* do u find it harder or less motivated as time goes on? What do u think is the difference between now and when u first started?
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