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My name is Mindy and I am a wife and mother of 2 boys, Ages 20 and 12. I recently started on the path of becoming a nurse something i have wanted to do since i was 11 !

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Things are not good : Useless

That is basically what my band is inside me now . USELESS !!!
I went to get my fill today and doc went to fill my band . I had my barium swallow and when he filled it , the barium sat there ! Nothing , So he backed off , nothing sat there .. he backed it out to .01 NOTHING ! Sat there .... He took all of it out and the barium barely trickled through . He said I have scar tissue or something that has built up . I can either have it repositioned ( not recommend ) Or I can and probably need to have it revised to a sleeve. Nothing major is going on for me now , i am not having any problems BUT I could at any time, if i got sick or something because I do not have much " wiggle room" so to speak . The cost for the new surgery ????? $13,000 !!!!!! Its basically 2 surgeries, one to have the band removed , wait 3 months then have the sleeve done !!! SOOOOO I am going to have to do what I can on my own for now to lose the 50 count them 50 Damn pounds I have put back on !!
I am very upset and disgusted w/ the situation and partially myself ! Part of this is my fault for eating the way I have the past year when my band had next to nothing in it !

So we will see !


  1. Sorry to hear about your complications! You can do this band or no band. Best of luck to you!

  2. Wow, I'm so sorry. I understand your pain. Although I haven't lost a big amount of weight since having the band and then gained back. I've only lost about 30 lbs and then sort of resorted back to old ways. I've decided to do my best to get off the next 15 lbs before I attempt to go to the dr for a barium swallow and a fill. Its a struggle... every day, I know. But you can do this...

  3. Oh no...I'm so sorry!!! I can't imagine how frustrating this is for you!!!

  4. Thanks y'all. I am going to do what I can.
    I would go in a heart beat for surgery if I had the money . But I Dont . And I have to try to not gain anymore weight before its 60 , 70 , 80 lbs put back on again !

  5. :( I'm sorry about all this. :( I too have gained during the time I haven't had a fill (and am still having issues...need to get in to see my doctor soon and am anxious about my own verdict). :( :( :(

  6. Very sorry, but what do you eat that can pack on 50 lbs in a year? I've heard it takes a lot of calories to gain 1 pound back. I do the 5 meals a day, breakfast is protein only, snack at 10, lunch, snack at 3 and then veggie and meat dinner... I allow 1 day to cheat and eat anything I want and so far I've mantained my weight... I don't lose but at least it doesn't go up.


  7. WEll in my opinion it goes to show you that being over weight is NOT just what you put in your body , sure I eat junk every now and then , but I firmly believe its also something biological or in your brain etc ?
    I also have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome which causes weight gain . So I guess that is part of it ? I gained 20 pounds in 3 months ! SOMETHING is not right ... As you can see I am VERY scared about not having my band .

  8. Could it be thyroid as well? I was dx'd with PCOS right before I happened to get pregnant with my last son. Since then my levels went back down and I'm okay.

    If your keeping track of calories in and working out even minimally it could be hormonal issues going on. Definitely see the regular doc to rule out those things.

  9. I really feel for you on this. I really would like the band removed but I also paid out of pocket and that $13,000 is not an option for me. It sucks. I am worried that I eventually I will just have to bite the bullet and pay for it down the line. I have gained 25lbs back and never even got close to my goal. I have failed with the band. Very disturbing realization.

  10. Mindy, I'm so sorry your band is being a jackass!! You were strong and disciplined enough to lose the weight the first go round with the band and you know what you need to do to lose it this time. Don't fear it, think of it as a test of everything you've learned. ((hugs))

  11. If it makes you feel better, my virgin sleeve cost $17000. So you have less saving to do than I did. :D (Yeah, that probably doesn't help. Thought I'd give it a shot.)

    Don't beat yourself up about the weight gain either. The band gave you hunger control and, if it's not filled, it's not doing that. It's hard not to eat when you are hungry - you can do it for a while but only crazy people can ignore hunger forever. It's a lot easier to have good habits and make good choices when you aren't starving too. People whose bodies don't want them to be obese don't understand this and think it's all about willpower vs. laziness, but it's not.

  12. Thank so much everyone for understanding I am a little more at ease now than I was before. I just have to buckle down now !