I had the band fitted 5 years ago and have only lost 4 kilos as a result of the band. Because I was working on mine sites, the surgeon did not want to put too much fill in just in case I experienced sticking.
I experienced sticking all of the time and not with the foods that we were warned about.
Basically anything could get stuck at any time and I was always having to put my finger down my throat to bring up something which helped unblock. After 5 years of this, I have just had the band removed and I am in quite a bit of pain. It was a difficult experience.
Whilst I was told about the possibility of food sticking, I never expected the experience that I had.
I know of a couple of people who have had the surgery – one person was very overweight and he has lost quite a bit but would still be at least 140 kilos. The other person was a young mother who due to constant sticking had the band removed and had a gastric sleeve which has been very successful for her.
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Response to Chris
Thanks for sharing your experience Chris.
Since your LAP-BAND removal, do you have any updates on your current weight?
I know that some patients undergo more weight loss surgery after a "failed" LAP-BAND. There are other weight loss options that have less side effects than the LAP-BAND. You can see the most popular options on a page entitled 6 Types of Weight Loss Surgery.