Quote from praiser
i am looking into getting the lap band. i would love to hear from any of you who have had this procedure done. do you think it is a good thing, and why ?
thanks for all of your responses !
i just tried to pm you, but it wouldn't let me. i had the lap band procedure in sept 2004. i have lost over 100 lbs, and for that i am grateful. however, i tell people all the time who ask me about the surgery that i only advocate wls surgery if, and only if, you are entirely committed to a lifestyle change. i know so many people who have had the surgery that just got thinking it would be a miracle cure for being fat, and it isn't. yes, i have a band that restricts how much i eat, but it does not restrict my brain and what i put in my mouth. you still have to change your way of eating and how you think about food. you must be willing to also work on the issues that made you put on the weight in the first place. if you don't deal with the psychological part of weight loss, you will not lose the weight and you will fall back into your bad habits. there are ways of eating around the band and gaining the weight back or not losing at all. i see it all the time. a lot of my fellow lap banders can't figure out why they are gaining or not losing weight, and it is because they are not changing their habits. the live like they live and eat the way they did before surgery, and you just can't.
i had a wonderful surgeon, actually she is the foremost authority on all types of wls and goes around the country lecturing and teaching other surgeons. she has an excellent program that doesn't just include surgery, it includes support groups, both before and after, follow-up, nutritionists, psychologists, etc. you have to be very careful, as a lot of surgeons just do the surgery and you are on your own. you need to make sure that whoever you go with has a full program that will support you from pre-surgery to post-surgery and beyond.
there is really so much i could say on this subject. am i happy that i did it, yes, it was the right choice for me. but i have had my struggles and i still, to this day, have food issues. i don't drink or use pharmaceutical drugs, but i know that food is a drug of sorts for me. i work on my issues everyday and it is an ongoing process. i think alot of people go into wls with rose-colored glasses and don't realize that you still have to work at being thin. there is a reason you are overweight, and it isn't just because you eat too much. people told me all the time, "just don't eat so much", or "eat healthier". i tried every diet out there, literally. there is a lot more that goes into it than that. and that is why you have got to make sure that if you do the surgery, you are committed to the entire process and are willing to work on whatever issues make you eat. you will have failures, but also great successes. it is all a process and journey.
i went on way too long. again, i could go on forever. i actually wrote a paper on this subject for my psych class. if you have any specific questions you can email or pm me.
good luck on whatever you decide to do.