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    Any of my other Pacer brethren out here had the lap band surgery? I went to a class tonight and am seriously considering the surgery to try to stem off the continual breaking down of my body due to being overweight. Any good or bad input?

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    I met with my doctor briefly and he filled out the referral and they will fax over my medical records. I will meet with the dietician 4/17, and am hoping to get it done between may 9-30th.

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    Best of luck. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone that has had that procedure.
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    Is this procedure similar to a gastric bypass? If so a couple members of my family have gotten the procedure and they have come away rather happy afterwards.
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    It is a little like gastric bypass, just not as extreme. In gastric bypass they actually section off a portion of the stomach and small intestines and reattach it to a small pouch they make with the rest of the stomach. You get much quicker results but there is the possibility of problems absorbing nutrients down the road and complications from surgery is much higher. The down time is like 6 weeks too.

    With the lap band it is done laperscopically and they insert a small band that has these silicone things on the inside of the band that is filled with saline solution. They put the band around a portion of the stomach and suture it in place. The advantages is that it still incorporates the rest of the stomach and intestines and everything is absorbed right. It is also easy to adjust the band if you are not getting desired results by injecting more or less saline into the band. The downside is that you don't lose as much weight as gastric bypass but you lose 2-3 pounds a week for the first six months and about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds a week after that. Seeing that I have around 150 pounds to lose I like the idea of the lap band surgery since you are only down 3-5 days and no heavy lifting for 2 weeks. They had a guy who just recently have the surgery in Feb and he has lost 60 pounds. He said all he did was eat like he was supposed to and not really even exercise. He said the hardest part is no carbonated beverages or bread.

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    It has been a ****** day now officially. On the way to the doctor's office I fell and face planted myself in the driveway and I hope I just sprained my good ankle really well, gave myself a bloody nose and have a sore as heck elbow. I went ahead and hopped to the doctor's office where I met with the dietician today and nearly cried when she weighed me. I weighed 370 and somehow in the past 5 years I have shrunk 2 inches. Before I started taking Seroquel three months ago I weighed in at 335. I meet with the doctor 4/28 and go to my first supervised weight loss class 5/7. I have set a goal to lose 7 pounds by my weight loss class. I keep telling myself it has to get better.

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    Only connection I have to the surgery is a co-worker who went that route. Seems positive for them as the weight loss has been significant and maintained. Definitely observe improvements in their health, attitude and general lifestyle.

    Hoping for all the best and a positive outcome for you. I can attest with a couple of family members that persistent, excess weight can really impact ones overall physical health which then impacts the ability to lead a well rounded, active life.

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    Met with the doctor one on one for the first time today and he believes that I am a good candidate for the surgery. Now I have to do a six month supervised weight loss program before so hopefully my VA weight loss program will suffice. I still need to see the internist, cardiologist and psychologist. After that I should be fully cleared for the surgery. If they take my records from the VA I am hoping to get the surgery in between summer and fall semesters now. If not then it might have to be put off until between fall and spring semesters. I don't think it will though. He said I could do it during fall break too because it will be recovered enough for school before we come back. We will see how it all plays out. I see the internist Monday for my visit and lab work.

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    My leg swelling from it being broken has gone down, but my appetite has gone down too. As a result I lost 14 pounds between 4/27 and now. Met with the internist today and have to do labs, drug test and cardiac ok before ok'd to get the surgery.

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