I had gastric band fitted over 6 years ago. I’ve failed to lose more than 10 kgs (22 lbs) total after a year and spending a lot of money and time visiting the surgeon to have my band filled and adjusted. I’ve finally given up.
My main disappointment was that I never felt full. I was told I would not be able to eat a lot anymore. My meals where the size of a fishcake, but I always felt hungry.
I maintained my weight loss by willpower alone; I didn’t really need the band at all. Now 6 years on I am experiencing a burning sensation in my mouth and throat and a slight gurgling sensation in my stomach, not much discomfort really.
I went to the doctor and he gave me a bottle of antacid! I know I don’t have an upset stomach.
First, how long do patients typically wait to have the band removed after it has been deemed ineffective?
I’m also afraid that the reason the band isn’t working is that the band has grown into my stomach. Is this life threatening?