I already realize that it’s unlikely that I will cover this all in one post – so I’m just going to label this [Part I] and I’m not sure how many additional parts there may be. But I don’t want to bore you to death so I’ll try to get right to the type of information that I was usually asking fellow WLSers along the way.
So first of all here are my stats…. As I mentioned in my About Me page (you did read that now, didn’t you :))…. I actually had two surgeries so I’m including stats from both below:
Lapband Surgery – March 2006 (Age 46; Hgt 5′ 2″)
- SW: 273 lbs
- GW: 134 lbs
- LW: 229 lbs
- Total Lost = 44 lbs (never got to goal)
Lapband Removal with Revision to Sleeve (VSG) – March 2012 (Age 52; Hgt 5′ 2″)
- SW: 286 lbs
- GW: 134 lbs (reached May 7, 2013)
- CW: 134 lbs or less (most days)
- Total Lost = 152 lbs.
I will write a separate post just on my Lapband experience but for this one I’ll try to summarize it by saying that, in 2006, Sleeve was not an option; Lapband was even still considered new and somewhat experimental. I had to go through the whole pre-approval process with my insurance – proof of 6 months diet, medical tests, psych eval, etc. Honestly, in the end I know that there were ways I failed the Lapband and ways that I feel it failed me. I know that many others have had success and one of the key things I have learned is that no one surgery has cornered the market on success or failure. If you have specific questions for me then write in the comments below and I’ll cover them when I write further about my Lapband experience.
With that said I think I’m actually going to have to cut this short and continue in Part 2….. stay tuned.
Thanks for taking the time and allowing me to begin sharing my story with you.