Three years ago I had a lap band put in and did relatively well. I had back surgery and gained almost 100 lbs during the ordeal. I had never been grossly overweight until then. I lost 80 lbs slowly and kept it off.
I recently started having terrible reflux and some weight starting creeping on. During my visit to the doctor and radiologist it was discovered that my band was being pulled down by the cording (if that’s the correct terminology).
I underwent some surgery to release it in hopes of it moving back. It moved slightly but it’s sort if on its side and not correct.
My weight is 149 and I’m 5’3″. I was 140 before this band issue and that was livable. Going to the gym at least 3-4 x a week.
Now I’ve been told I can just take it out which scares me; I really don’t want to go back to nothing I think my mind is damaged from getting so heavy.
I’ve been told I can put a new band in or consider the sleeve. The sleeve made me nervous being it’s so permanent but the more I read about it the better I feel.
My question is: My food intake was restricted with the band and I could not eat certain types of food. With the sleeve is it the same feeling?
I don’t need to lose more them 20 lbs and then I can just maintain. Certain foods couldn’t pass thru the band and I realize that’s not the case with the sleeve.
Is the size of the stomach the same with the sleeve vs the stomach with a band?
Also since I had the surgery to try to fix the band I have terrible back pain and stomach issues. Very new and haven’t had for years. Have you ever heard complaints of back pain weeks after surgery?
I am concerned and feel that the band or damage it may be causing inside is related to my back.
Thanks for having this site available,