December 14, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm #601141
Pros and cons only from people who actually did it, Please.December 15, 2011 3:48 am at 3:48 am #835436lolkatzMember
Try Slimfast. Healthier.December 15, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm #835437moishyParticipant
I know there is another thread on this, jus not sure where. Try searching it.December 15, 2011 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #835438
What makes it healthy? it is not possible to live on shakes forever.December 15, 2011 2:07 pm at 2:07 pm #835439NechomahParticipant
Slimfast is definitely NOT the answer. The only healthy way to lose weight is portion control, a balanced diet and exercise. Unfortunately there are people for whom this is VERY difficult. The lap-band procedure makes the stomach much smaller so that the person feels full after only a little bit of food. Inevitably the person learns portion control and has to eat healthier in addition. There are disadvantages of the lap-band as well as the gastric bypass procedures, obviously major surgery being one of them. The lap-band is trickier since it is very dependent on the placement of the band in the right spot and with the right tension so that it works properly. There is also a procedure called the gastric sleeve, which also narrows the stomach, making it smaller. Evaluation by a bariatric surgical specialist is a must for this undertaking. Hatzlacha!December 15, 2011 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #835440zahavasdadParticipant
Calories DO count on ShabbosDecember 15, 2011 3:20 pm at 3:20 pm #835441tikvuchkaMember
i had it done three years ago….here is what they dont tell you:
1. you can NOT get pregnant for TWO years after not one. If you do it may lead to severe complications.
2. the port they put by the belly button, you feel it through your skin, always. its always there and its VERY sensitive until about two years after the procedure.
3. recovery time is NOT a week. It is longer, and very hard.
I lost about 30 pounds but gained it back. it only works with diet and excersize but if you could do that, you wouldnt be thinking of surgery im guessing.December 15, 2011 3:29 pm at 3:29 pm #835442TheGoqParticipant
It didn’t work for Rex Ryan he’s still huge.December 15, 2011 3:36 pm at 3:36 pm #835443soliekMember
i think that was meant facetiously…k’lomar: you would be better off with slim fast which, as unhealthy as it is, is still quite a bit healthier than surgery.December 15, 2011 3:42 pm at 3:42 pm #835444
At least two topics:December 15, 2011 3:57 pm at 3:57 pm #835445
I had it done just about 10 years ago when it was just approved for use in the US. I went from 290lbs to 175lbs. It definitely should not be viewed as a “quick fix” as you must really be willing to accept this as a lifelong commitment.
Pros: If you don’t cheat, you should have tremendous success.
You really need to learn to do with less food. If you enjoy eating (for example going to a restaurant and having an appetizer, an entree, desert, and whatever else they put in front of you), those days are over.
It’s easy to cheat. If you like liquid calories like milk shakes or other items that will pass right through the band you may not lose (you could also gain) weight.
Ask any questions and I’ll be glad to answer.December 15, 2011 5:56 pm at 5:56 pm #835446BTGuyParticipant
Hi mom of a few.
I worked with someone how had that done. It is a lifestyle change, but he lost weight and feels good.
From what he told me, he has to drink and eat mushy protein which could involve using a blender for meatloaf, unless it is really soft. Pasta for carbs is the kind of texture he can tolerate from hard foods.
Also, when he gets the band tightened, it can be a little uncomfortable for a day and he can take in less food so he has to eat smaller items more often. Also, he seriously would have to let out these outrageously loud burps.
Again, it is a lifestyle change, but he said he lost weight and the health concerns he was worried about were greatly mitigated.
Not sure if that helps, as each person is different. I mean, some people can join a gym and in six months of training look very different and feel much healthier.December 15, 2011 6:20 pm at 6:20 pm #835447
BT-Guy, The soft mushy foods and puree etc…is generally only for the recovery time and after a band adjustment.
One thing I forgot to mention. I can not tolerate bread. If you are a bread lover this may not be for you.December 15, 2011 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #835448BTGuyParticipant
Thank you for clarifying.
: )December 15, 2011 8:23 pm at 8:23 pm #835449oomisParticipant
I am dieting on my own. You could not pay me to go through such a surgical procedure, especially having experienced NON-elective abdominal surgery. Eating a low-carb (only complex carbohydrates should be eaten, like BROWN rice, sweet potato, whole wheat)and high lean protein diet with plenty of green veggies and a little healthy fat (like olive oil), and drinking lots of water, will guarantee HEALTHY success. I know people want a quick fix, but we don’t gain excessive weight overnight, and we don’t lose it (safely and hopefully permanently) that way, either. Hatzlacha rabbah, if you or someone you know is planning on doing this.December 15, 2011 8:59 pm at 8:59 pm #835450lolkatzMember
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I have had it done 6 years ago and I lost 90 pounds. which was all the weight I had to lose.
I had a baby about 3 yeas after, and only gained 20 pounds during the pregnancy, I was back to prepregnancy weight by the bris.
It is a big change but I feel it was well worth it.
There will always be naysayers. Those who say “diet and excersise” but for many people it just doesnt work. There are those of us that just cant limit our food intake without help, or who cant/wont excersise.
I will be honest and say it was not smooth sailing and I did suffer from minor complications.
I can also say that being 100 pounds overweight comes with a whole set of complications on its own.
Make sure you have a good support system, a great surgeon and you should be fine.
The frustration I sometimes feel from not being able to eat as much as I want is fleeting. The satisfaction I get from fitting into a size 8 is priceless.
good luckDecember 15, 2011 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm #835452popa_bar_abbaParticipant
I know a guy who insisted that girls get this surgery before he would date them. I think that’s extreme.December 15, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm #835453NechomahParticipant
PBA, what about the ones who also want a frontal lobotomy??December 16, 2011 2:05 am at 2:05 am #835454
PBA -And the guy himself is a 300 hundred pounder!December 16, 2011 2:07 am at 2:07 am #835455
Nechomah -“PBA, what about the ones who also want a frontal lobotomy??”
We don’t need women to get those -that they have naturally!December 16, 2011 3:28 am at 3:28 am #835456JotharMember
I’d rather a bottle in fronta me than a frontal lobotomy.
Get a natural lap band- cinch the belt tighter.December 16, 2011 3:31 am at 3:31 am #835457
Thanks everyone for the help. I want to know if most people who have the band really throw up all the time or is that a myth? Also how long before I can go back to work?December 16, 2011 4:08 am at 4:08 am #835458oomisParticipant
My friend does, because he does not follow doctor’s orders re: how much he can eat at one time. If one will not get serious, there is no purpose to having this surgery. I would imagine going back to work varies with the individual’s recovery.December 16, 2011 4:30 am at 4:30 am #835459MomofsixMember
I do not throw up all the time. I have, at times, eaten too much too fast , and that’s what happens.
I did not have any issues with any specific food, so long as I ate just a little. Some people say they can’t eat protein or fresh fruits and veggies. This was not my experience.
I was able to tolerate only a little food at a time, really really small amount, and then I was full. Which was perfect for me.
I was told that I would be fine after a week but in reality, I was “better” by a week but not “fine” until 15 days.
For me, this band was a gift from gd and I’m so glad I did it.December 16, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm #835460happiestMember
Someone in my neighborhood did it and got deathly ill from all of the complications. She was in the hospital for almost a year. She went into organ failure and was in a coma for a really long time. We did not think she was going to make it and it was terrifying!!
B”H she did make it but looks (sorry to say) horrible. She looks sickly and like she aged many many years.
I haven’t done it so I can’t give personal opinions but this is what I know that someone in my neighborhood did experience.
Either way, hatzlacha with whatever your decision is and I hope either way it turns out well!
Btw- just found out a girl I know who is 21 did it!! She was always a little over weight but definitely not 100lbs over weight and she always looked put together. I guess I should just say in this situation- “to each his own”.December 16, 2011 2:41 pm at 2:41 pm #835461
Mom of a few- If I eat to quickly, or do not chew properly then throwing up can be an issue. Each person is different. I can not tolerate certain starchy items like bread or gefilte fish.
I had the procedure done on a Wednesday morning and was back home on Thursday. The recovery time was about 10 days.
Whatever you decide, good luck.December 16, 2011 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #835462cherrybimParticipant
happiest, I’m sure she had the gastric bypass surgery; not the lap-band procedure. Unlike the lap-band procedure, the gastric risks a 2% fatality rate.
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