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okay

Franklin, TN

#1 Dec 9, 2009
Has anyone around here done it? Who did the surgery for you? Did you have anyproblems? How much did it cost? Did your insurence pay for it?
FYI

Smoot, WV

#2 Dec 10, 2009
My daughter had lap band, Dr. Durmedes did it and did a fantastic job, she did really well after surgery; however, I am sure that each individual is different. We paid for her surgery out of pocket; however, it is my understanding that some insurances will now cover this type of surgery if you have certain health problems related to your weight. You would just have to check with your insurance company. My neice in Florida had this done also and her insurance paid for it, she also did not have any problems afterwards.
wondering

Johnson City, TN

#3 Dec 10, 2009
FYI wrote:
My daughter had lap band, Dr. Durmedes did it and did a fantastic job, she did really well after surgery; however, I am sure that each individual is different. We paid for her surgery out of pocket; however, it is my understanding that some insurances will now cover this type of surgery if you have certain health problems related to your weight. You would just have to check with your insurance company. My neice in Florida had this done also and her insurance paid for it, she also did not have any problems afterwards.
How long ago did your daughter and your niece have their surgeries? Do you know how much weight they lost? Did they gain any of their weight back?
FYI

Rupert, WV

#4 Dec 27, 2009
wondering wrote:
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How long ago did your daughter and your niece have their surgeries? Do you know how much weight they lost? Did they gain any of their weight back?
My daughter had hers in October 2008..she has lost all together 90lbs...she recently had a baby and has already lost 19lbs since having her daughter...she did really well with her pregnancy and the baby was healthy...my neice had her surgery this past summer..and I am not for real sure her total weight loss, but she looks really good....Dr. Duremedes did a really good job a good friend of my daughters also had it done with Dr. Duremedes a couple of months ago and is doing well also.
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Lerona, WV

#5 Dec 27, 2009
You paid out of pocket? How much did it cost?
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Oakvale, WV

#7 Dec 29, 2009
Questions wrote:
You paid out of pocket? How much did it cost?
The total cost was around $24,000.00...my daughter did not have health insurance, however, if you do and your weight is posing health risk, most of the time they will pay for the surgery.
Curious

Franklin, TN

#8 Dec 29, 2009
Was it this muc with Dr. Durememdes?
sassy

Beckley, WV

#9 Dec 29, 2009
okay wrote:
Has anyone around here done it? Who did the surgery for you? Did you have anyproblems? How much did it cost? Did your insurence pay for it?
google bariatriceating.com , there is a lot of good info. there.
let down

Lerona, WV

#10 Dec 29, 2009
i worked with a lady her husband had that surgery had to diet first done well afterwords went to roanoke for his some insurances do pay parts if you are referred due to health reasons. was on a special diet after for awhile good luck
imnenigma

Beckley, WV

#11 Feb 20, 2010
I personally know four people who had the surgery. They vomit ALL the time, except when eating anything sweet. One of them had the band break and had to have it redone. We go out to eat, they take a bite and run for the restroom. Do I want to live that way? NO WAY. Watch your carbs and calories, I have lost as much weight as they have without vomiting.
Amigirrrl

Beckley, WV

#12 Mar 21, 2010
Had this done about a year ago.I have lost 65 lbs so far,and I rarely vomit.I have to eat slowly and stop when I feel full.Seems to be working well for me and I feel great! The main thingis to pay attention to what things you eat and how you do with them.There are a few things I avoid eating,but most stuff I have no problems with.
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sunny

Brooklyn, NY

#14 Feb 18, 2011
imnenigma wrote:
I personally know four people who had the surgery. They vomit ALL the time, except when eating anything sweet. One of them had the band break and had to have it redone. We go out to eat, they take a bite and run for the restroom. Do I want to live that way? NO WAY. Watch your carbs and calories, I have lost as much weight as they have without vomiting.
I had the surgery last year Feb, I have lost 65 lbs. If I had to do it again I would not. Many mistake this for a cure-all to obesity and its not. I tell my physician that this is not a cure all and he tries to tell me otherwise. I questioned, what if the FDA says the lap-ban is known to cause..., and must be immediately removed? There will be a lot of ppl in trouble. The lap ban restricts your food intake, not your thought and behavioral patterns on eating. I still travel, go to the gym and eat as much as I like, I drink pina coladas and then some and I eat steak, fish cake or basically what ever.

As you have stated, and as difficult as it might be, "cut the calories and carbs" along with exercise the end!!!

I have not had any major issues, and I vomit when I eat greasy foods, or foods from a buffet such as fried rice. Another thing is that if you are not hungry, you still must eat at least a small meal because gas will build up. Once that happens, and you are at a dinner-that one bite--once down can fly right out due to the gas build up. You do not want to be embarrassed at the dinner table because you could not get to the bathroom in time. I would suggest drinking warm water or tea and see how it will go down-that will give you somewhat of an indication. Oh yeah, take a table near the bathroom, or have your bathroom path mapped out as a just in case.

I had major throwing up because my band was too tight, so I ended up in the emergency room dehydrated needing a couple pouches of fluid. After I had gotten my fill, all seemed ok at the office because they give you water to see how it will go down. You should not feel any lumps, knots, or tightness when the fluid or food is going down. Some ppl want to loose weight fast so they get the ban filled more than what is actually needed. If the band is too tight, you will regurgitate over and over again irritating the stomach and band.... Another thing is that if you go to the emergency room, and there is no specialist in who is skilled in adjusting your band you will need to sit there until your physician comes in. In my case it was 2:00 a.m., and I am in NYC I had to wait til abt 8:30 a.m. Anyone thinking about this should at least try try and try again to loose weight on their own. It not all that bad, but it’s not all that good either.

Oh and I forgot, I developed a hernia as a result of the surgery.
Justice

Beckley, WV

#15 Feb 19, 2011
My stomach isn't making me fat...it's the brain. Now, if someone could develop a "band" for the brain....
they do

Hinesville, GA

#16 Feb 19, 2011
Justice wrote:
My stomach isn't making me fat...it's the brain. Now, if someone could develop a "band" for the brain....
you dont have to be crazy to see a therapist
Justice

Beckley, WV

#17 Feb 26, 2011
they do wrote:
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you dont have to be crazy to see a therapist
It helps !!LOL

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#18 Feb 26, 2011
Why would someone undergo surgery to lose weight? Why not just eat healthier and excercise? Any type of surgery is dangerous! If you cannot control your eating habits then you need to see a psychiatrist...not a surgeon. My sister had about 30 pounds to lose after she gave birth to my nephew and she lost it in 2 months just eating healthy foods and working out. My Mama had twins and was back down to her prepregnancy size in less than 3 months...and this was almost 30 years ago!! There is no quick fix to lose weight. It takes will power and getting up off the couch! I'm not saying I don't eat junk food sometimes, but I also run 5-7 miles 4 times a week and eat healthy foods most of the time. I may not be as easy to lose weight the "old fashion" way but it is safe and if you continue your healthy lifestyle it is permanent!
well

Beckley, WV

#19 Feb 26, 2011
that is true in most cases but in some ppl are just born that way..have bad genetics my mother in law goes to the fitness center and drinks nothing but water...eats healthy and she cant seem to loose but a few pounds..she has thyroid problem...but she has tried very hard and just cant seem to loose more than a few pounds at a time.

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#20 Feb 26, 2011
well wrote:
that is true in most cases but in some ppl are just born that way..have bad genetics my mother in law goes to the fitness center and drinks nothing but water...eats healthy and she cant seem to loose but a few pounds..she has thyroid problem...but she has tried very hard and just cant seem to loose more than a few pounds at a time.
If she knows she has a thyroid problem(I assume it is hypothyroidism)then it is very easy to treat with medication or sometimes raditaion. It may take longer for her to lose weight but it can be done! Tell her not to give up and to talk to her Dr if her current medication isn't working. There are alternatives. I'm not saying your mother-in-law is doing this(I believe she is trying to get healthy), but a lot of people use a thyroid problem as an excuse for their obesity. There are millions of people who have underactive thyroids and are not overweight because they take their medication. I guarantee you if you ask 90% of obese people they will blame a health problem for their size when in reality they just have poor eating habits and will not exercise. Being obese causes health problems...including problems with the thyroid and type 2 diabetes! I realize it's difficult to make a complete lifestyle change, but it is worth it and so much safer than going under the knife. A safe healthy weight loss is about 2 lbs a week so don't expect to drop 50 lbs in a month and there will be times people plateau or even gain a few lbs back. When that happens it's time to change things up...try a different exercise program and nutrition plan. Just don't ever give up!
sunny

Brooklyn, NY

#21 Feb 26, 2011
Everyone has flaws in their character or…, perhaps some issue that has irresolvable after numerous attempts-but they are good in other areas. For example, where the person has issues loosing weight, they might be good at resolving marital issues, or something else. That person might easily tell Jane and John Doe “just do this or that to save your marriage”. Now, because they did it, and it was a snap-and worked…, this does not mean it would be that easy for the next person. I am in no way trying to say that apples and fish are the same, but just simply trying to raise a point that everything is not easy for everybody. And by the way--prior to surgery one of the requirements is that you see a psychiatrist and or psychologist. They will make the determination as to if you should go through with the surgery or not. As for myself, if I had the opportunity to try just one more time to loose weight [after going to ww, jenny Craig, pvt trainer, fen fen, cutting calories, exercising six times a week, walking the Brooklyn Bridge three times a week, and then some], I would. I was one who used to say, why doesn’t he or she just loose weight? It’s just not that easy. I do not like the fact that I resorted to surgery because I have achieved so many other things [I took the bar and scored well without studying] I passed a broker exam without taking courses for it, and the list goes on and on] so I feel that I should have been able to tackle this battle too. But~~~~~~~~~~ not. So would it be fair for me to just tell someone ‘oh just take a test, you will do it” or just run a few laps daily, or eat this or that—sorry, it just does not work for everyone. Those ppl on television who have lost weight, believe me they have security just to keep them from eating and probably locks on their refrigerator. Kerstie Alley is en example. So with that being said, I speak on behalf of those who have tried. I’m beginning to think its more than just psychological—it a very sneaky and suspicious genetic monster that we need to keep controlled.
FinleyRae13 wrote:
Why would someone undergo surgery to lose weight? Why not just eat healthier and excercise? Any type of surgery is dangerous! If you cannot control your eating habits then you need to see a psychiatrist...not a surgeon. My sister had about 30 pounds to lose after she gave birth to my nephew and she lost it in 2 months just eating healthy foods and working out. My Mama had twins and was back down to her prepregnancy size in less than 3 months...and this was almost 30 years ago!! There is no quick fix to lose weight. It takes will power and getting up off the couch! I'm not saying I don't eat junk food sometimes, but I also run 5-7 miles 4 times a week and eat healthy foods most of the time. I may not be as easy to lose weight the "old fashion" way but it is safe and if you continue your healthy lifestyle it is permanent!
ur right

Beckley, WV

#22 Feb 26, 2011
sunny wrote:
Everyone has flaws in their character or…, perhaps some issue that has irresolvable after numerous attempts-but they are good in other areas. For example, where the person has issues loosing weight, they might be good at resolving marital issues, or something else. That person might easily tell Jane and John Doe “just do this or that to save your marriage”. Now, because they did it, and it was a snap-and worked…, this does not mean it would be that easy for the next person. I am in no way trying to say that apples and fish are the same, but just simply trying to raise a point that everything is not easy for everybody. And by the way--prior to surgery one of the requirements is that you see a psychiatrist and or psychologist. They will make the determination as to if you should go through with the surgery or not. As for myself, if I had the opportunity to try just one more time to loose weight [after going to ww, jenny Craig, pvt trainer, fen fen, cutting calories, exercising six times a week, walking the Brooklyn Bridge three times a week, and then some], I would. I was one who used to say, why doesn’t he or she just loose weight? It’s just not that easy. I do not like the fact that I resorted to surgery because I have achieved so many other things [I took the bar and scored well without studying] I passed a broker exam without taking courses for it, and the list goes on and on] so I feel that I should have been able to tackle this battle too. But~~~~~~~~~~ not. So would it be fair for me to just tell someone ‘oh just take a test, you will do it” or just run a few laps daily, or eat this or that—sorry, it just does not work for everyone. Those ppl on television who have lost weight, believe me they have security just to keep them from eating and probably locks on their refrigerator. Kerstie Alley is en example. So with that being said, I speak on behalf of those who have tried. I’m beginning to think its more than just psychological—it a very sneaky and suspicious genetic monster that we need to keep controlled.
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u are right...the weight mostly comes from genetics some skinny can eat what they want and never gain a pound..but my daughter from the time she was born she was big and she is just a big boned girl she wants to loose weight she drinks all water she tries but it is a battle for her she will always have. and i really feel for her.

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