I had my band fitted March 2011 in Kent, I received excellent care during the procedure and following the procedure the surgeon arranged for me to have my aftercare in Wales, as this is closer to my home.
I have probably been one of the lucky ones, (looking at various forums etc), and I have lost approx 40kg.
Adjusting my life and habits to live comfortably with the band has been interesting and I have enjoyed the changes it has enforced, I have had absolutely no problems, during the last three years apart from one hospital admission due to dehydration, as my band was a little too tight, this was rectified, and life has been good.
Late last October whilst on holiday, I noticed I was able to eat considerably more food than normal, I wasn’t concerned as sometimes you can with the band! However this has continued ever since.
I have paid for an additional consultation, which has assured me it is not anything untoward as I have no other symptoms apart from having no band restriction, advising band fill.
I have paid for a fill under x-ray this week, during the procedure, I was told the band was completely empty, when fluid was injected in the port I could feel it going under the left side of my rib cage!
On closer inspection using barium and dye etc, I was told whilst the port was anchored down really well, the tubing has detached from the actual band, and was shown this on the MRI imaging picture, I was told this is quite rare.
I am as you can imagine gaining weight, although I am still eating less than I was before, my fat cells seem to be reinflating at a super speed rate!
I am concerned as to how this has happened, I do not know if it is harmful for me. I no longer have an aftercare package, who would be liable for replacing or repairing? I would appreciate any advice, I am looking for a solicitor to advise me also.
I am not relishing the idea of further surgery, but I would rather a replacement than a repair, as I’m not sure a patch up will suffice for the long term.
I am a divorced mum, and although I work full time with young children, I saved and choose to pay for this life changing surgery, as I knew I needed help before any health complications started to creep in due to being overweight, I am now not in a position to pay for further surgery, is anyone liable as I was advised the band was for life?
I’m still reeling a bit from the news and I would appreciate any advice from you, I feel I am at risk.