I've been having some issues with my lap-band for a while now. Some days I can barely get liquids down, some days I vomit every time I eat, and there have been some days when I can eat just about anything. I've had my upper GI done, and when I saw my surgeon this past Friday, he noticed that I was "wide open" meaning I had virtually no restriction in my band.
"I am pretty sure you have a slow leak somewhere" he said. He then told me I would probably need more testing and then if that's the case, I would need my band replaced.
I have had a lot of time to think about things. I have not been happy with my progress (or lack of) this past year. I have constant burning in my esophagus, vomiting weekly, and weight gain.
I have talked to my dietician, my surgeon, my internist and my therapist. With their advice, I have made the difficult decision to get my band removed. Permanently.
This has not been an easy decision for me. I can't blame the band entirely for my issues. It has helped me eat smaller portions, eat slower and in turn, lose weight. I do not for a second regret my decision for getting it in the first place. My journey with my band has had its ups and downs, but for the most part, it's been a rewarding experience - and I've learned so much about myself.
I'm looking forward to this next phase in my journey. I'm excited!