Cindy: LAP-BAND Surgery
My Name is Cindy and I have been the overweight one in the family my whole life. I’ve had weight issues as a child, teenager and as a young adult. After giving birth to both my children I gained a lot of weight and was never able to get it off. I had tried every diet from pills, starvation, no carbs and even Dr. prescribed diets. Nothing worked for me. Even as a teenager I could never keep the weight off after losing it. It was while I was nursing at a local hospital that I noticed my blood pressure beginning to climb and my feet and legs beginning to swell. I had several episodes of my blood sugar spiking to around 200 then falling to 50. I knew from my medical experience that I was on a dangerous road and I was scared. I had talked to a few Dr.’s I worked with about Lap-Band surgery and did a lot of research before deciding that Lap-Band was for me.
After having Lap Band surgery in 2007 I began to lose excess weight. Each week I learned new things about my band and about what I could eat and things I should stay away from. The weight kept coming off every week. In 2009 I went almost two years without a fill because my OBGYN advised me to not lose any more weight until I could have a hysterectomy and after that I was back on the losing side again.
I have lost 150 pounds and I no longer have the medical problems that scared me back before my surgery. I am now on a maintenance program and I love the new me. I haven’t been this size since I was in 6th grade. I now have the tool it takes to help me loose the weight and keep it off. Thanks to Dr. Bagnato and everyone involved in my Lap-Band Journey.
My heaviest weight: 300 pounds in 2006
My Goal weight: 150 pounds July 2012
My Lap-Band Surgery: 2007
Your success is awesome. I’m sched for sept 5, I have seen a lot of horror stories online and have been very scared. I’m glad to see someone that is happy with their decision. I hope I will have the same success . Have you had any issues with the band or being sick??? Do u have any tips ?
Trina, I was sick a few times until I learned what 4 oz looked like and tasted like. You really don’t realize just how much you eat until after this surgery. If you over eat it will come back. The lap band is a tool…not a cure, but it will help you get your weight under control and make it easy to loose. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing your success story. You can do it.
Cindy do you still have the lap band inside? I understand once you are on maintenance you can have it removed. Just curious. I am very typical, tried every diet in the book, didn’t gain weight until late in my thirtes. They used to call me olive oil I was skinny. Now I have low blood sugar, high tri’s, bad cholerstrol, all the indicators, syndrome X, etc… I am scared also and finally am tired of fighting it. If someone tells me to exercise more and eat less I will scream. I am doing my homework on the best procedure for me. You look great!