I had the lap band placed 4 yrs ago. I’m a female, 50 yrs old. I’m 5’7″ and weighed 274 lbs. pre-band. I got down to 185 lbs about 1 yr later.
My band was very tight, and I had a lot of vomiting over those 6 months to achieve the 185. I was happy, not happy about being sick almost daily. I then had my band loosened and felt somewhat better.
I gained 15 lbs over about a yr, bringing me to 200 lbs. I stayed at that weight until a yr ago. Because of my inability to tolerate so many foods BUT was able to tolerate cookies, chips, anything crunchy, I’m now 214 lbs.
Especially within the last year, I have been suffering much vomiting and getting stuck. I have chosen all the wrong foods, am unable to eat most meat and a lot of the veggies I love… I turned to junk. I cut my food, never put anything bigger than a dime in my mouth, and chewed, chewed, chewed.
I consulted another surgeon about a conversion to gastric bypass. The surgeon that performed my band does not do gastric bypass. I also received no nutritional counseling, and no support with this doctor.
But I own this failure. I have not been eating the right foods. I’m nervous to eat so many things, because I’m sick of being sick. I’m working with this new surgeon, and he stated he doesn’t perform many lap bands because of all the problems.
My question: my insurance requires no pre-authorization for surgery, and I’m not required to gain weight back before the conversion. My BMI is 33.5 with no co-morbidities.
Insurance stated that, along with surgical report, they need the documentation of the complications to determine whether they will pay or not. Vomiting 4 to 5 times a week seems to be a valid complication. I’m so frustrated and upset, any help would be appreciated.