I LOVE MY LAP BAND !!
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
I was banded July 6 2006.
I lost 122 lbs with band in just under 14 months.
On September 26, 2008 I had an extended tummy tuck (from hip to hip) the incision almost touches in the back. I had 14 lbs of skin removed and got a new belly button hole.
On August 20, 2009 I had 4 lbs of skin removed from my chest area (left over from my "manboobies") and had my nipples put back to where they should be.
I started with a 54" waist and am now able to wear a size 32" Slim Fit Levi jeans comfortably and I now wear t-shirts.
The best part about getting the band besides the weight loss... I have not had ANY acid reflux since the day after getting my lap band. I used to take a prescription for my acid reflux and lived on Tums. I have saved a lot of $$$ not buying Tums !!
I had tried may other weight loss methods and they did work but I gained the weight back and more.
The lap band is a great tool. You still have to work with the band but the end results are wonderful.
I find maintaining my weight with the band VERY easy. While I was losing I only got weighed and measured once a month by my family doctor. Even though I'm at goal I still continue to get weighed and measured on a monthly basis by my family doctor. I find this keeps me on track. I've stayed within a 3 lbs range of my goal weight. My BMI is perfect.
I also find planning my meals has also kept me on track and I still try not to eat dinner after 7:00 p.m. Sometimes I still have a snack in the last evenings but it's now a healthy snack.
I have no regrets about getting the band and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I was self pay and it was worth every penny.
My before picture was taken one week after I got my band and I had already lost 17 lbs my first week.
For me support from fellow bandsters was also beneficial in my success. I still meet with a group of bandsters on a monthly basis for coffee.