I Have a Lap Band

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 121 People

    Why The LAP BAD Vs. Extreme Dieting?

    Hi guys! I'm currently a little over 230 pounds and for the last 3 years have been gaining weight at a pretty rapid pace (with very little weight loss). A mix of food addiction, emotional eating, and lack of self-worth all put me in this situation. I've been seeing a therapist on...
    NewChapterInMyLife NewChapterInMyLife
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Apr 22, 2013

    Yep, I Have A Lapband

    I have been banded since October 14 2010. I am very happy that I did it. So far all is well. I have dropped 45 pounds. Not done yet of course. I have had three fills and feel that I am in the green zone. I can lose a pound or two a week. I don't always lose them, but it is very...
    JoyceReal JoyceReal
    2 Responses May 18, 2012

    Longtime Bandster

     I was banded July 6 06. Lost 140 lbs total. 122 lbs with band in just under 14 months. I had an extended tummy tuck on Sep. 26 08  to have excess skin removed and lost another 14 lbs and got a new belly button hole).  I had a "touch up" on my chest (Aug 20, 09) had 4 lbs of...
    tomander tomander
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Nov 2, 2011

    Nervous...reality Setting In For My Surgery...support Appreciated

    Hi guys, I had my educational program last night for 4 hours. Learning about how to eat before and after my surgery, how to exercise before and after my surgery and overall expectations of the surgery. My pre-op diet will start April 3rd, consisting of 2 protein shakes, 4 oz of...
    lisaholland73 lisaholland73
    1 Response Mar 20, 2012

    I Want To Join A Chat Group On Lap Band

    My name is T Hello , I want to hear or chat about lap band Im going in next week to have it done . Any good advice .
    TeresaO TeresaO
    6 Responses Sep 24, 2012

    Psych Test For Lap Band

    Went to the Psych testing for clearance on the Lap Band. I didn't use up my deductible so I had to pay $400 out of pocket that I didn't know I would have to part with! Wasn't sure I'd have the money to get gas to get home that evening. Anyhow, I took a test of over 500 True/False...
    lisaholland73 lisaholland73
    3 Responses Sep 19, 2011

    3 Months In

    I'm only 3 months in, and I've lost quite a bit, but not as much as I had hoped. I can still eat WAY too much, I've had two fills. I think I need one more, though I'm not sure my surgeon agrees. I hope to keep losing...If I get a little further, I'll be fit enough to join a gym...
    acc05003 acc05003
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Mar 22, 2009

    I Got It At 14

    I am now 17. I had to struggle with people and their questions. I was young and my friends didn’t understand. I was bullied for it, but also looked up to. I’m glad I did it and would never take it back
    pcalcagni pcalcagni
    22-25, F
    Mar 6, 2013


    I was banded on November 9, 2010. I am a single mother of three awesome daughters. I have been up and down with weight problems my whole life, I am hopeful the Lap Band is my saving grace. I can NOT stick to a diet at all.
    caralaisure34 caralaisure34
    4 Responses Dec 1, 2010

    I Need Alittle Help

    Hello, I had lapband on jan. 12 2011, I lost 57lbs and am thrilled, but have been at a still since Sept. And I also notice my hair is thinning in the front. I do my protein shakes 2x a day. Can anybody give me any advice? Thank you
    8766greeneyes 8766greeneyes
    51-55, F
    1 Response Mar 26, 2013

    Long Road

    Hi I got my band in july  2010 and am having a hard time.Some days I give it my all others i just give up. Not  sure what to do my docter wont give me a fill . Am not sure if the fill is whats holding me back or if its in my mind am hope if  i can find people like me it will...
    tanija tanija
    5 Responses Jan 25, 2011

    Dream Come True

    I had lap band surgery in Jan 2008 (when I weighed 225 lbs.) and have lost about 40 pounds so far -- 60 pounds to go.  I expect I'll lose another 15 pounds this year, and hope to lose another 50 next year.  It has been a dream come true for me.  The surgery itself...
    derboucher derboucher
    9 Responses Sep 21, 2008

    Overweight No More

    This time last year I was weighing 301 pounds. I couldn't take being fat anymore. I would lose weight and gain it right back all my life. I looked into this procedure called a Lap-Band. This is where a doctor goes in and puts a band around the top of the stomach and...
    flappy100 flappy100
    41-45, M
    9 Responses May 12, 2007


    I have been VERY happy with my results. Lost 75 pounds, am at 178 down from 250+. However, I often get a mucus bubble in my stomach that makes me throw up, does anyone know what causes this and what I can do?
    ColleenEP ColleenEP
    61-65, F
    1 Response May 13, 2013

    Weigh In #4 And #5

    Not going so well..Why is it when all I need to show is losing 10 lbs I can't for the life of me do it! I think it's the pressure because when I do it just to do it I have no problem. So I gained a little on both of my weigh-ins Dec 15 and Jan 19. I have one more weigh-in on Feb...
    lisaholland73 lisaholland73
    1 Response Jan 23, 2012


    I had the lap band done on December 29,2010 and have lost 35 lbs. since and 15 prior to surgery for a total of 50lbs.  Right now I feel that I am a t a stand still having a hard time losing.  I have only lost 1.5lbs in the past 8 weeks.  I have had 4 fills and am at my maximum...
    maycie maycie
    3 Responses Jun 30, 2011

    Lap Band Consultation

    I went through the seminar and made an appointment to talk with the surgeon about getting the bariatric surgery done and which one would be right for me. They took my weight and my BMI was good (bad) enough to be 40 so no other co-morbidies had to be proven. The surgeon checked...
    lisaholland73 lisaholland73
    1 Response Sep 9, 2011

    I Am A Lap Band Success Story!

    I had my Lap Band surgery about 4 yrs ago. I have lost 75+ lbs, and have never felt better in my life! I'm 48 and a mom so I never thought I would be able to afford the surgery. I tried unsuccessfully for several yrs to have my insurance pay for it, but they always refused...
    kimkimberly kimkimberly
    46-50, F
    May 7, 2011

    I have had lap band for 2 years now.

    In the first year I lost 60 pounds. I started to have too much trouble eating things I should be able to eat with my band at a good level of tightness, so I got an adjustment but they took out too much fluid snd I have gained back 20 pounds including live handles and a tummy! I...
    Shortandsweets Shortandsweets
    31-35, F
    May 11, 2014


    I just wanted to let all of you know i just created a group in FACEBOOK...its called Lap-Band Journey please feel free to come by and chat a bit or share your experiences...good or bad we will all have stories to share ...so please come by and say hi!!!!
    sunshineinbama sunshineinbama
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jan 7, 2012

    Weigh In #6

    Had my last weigh in yesterday and I lost 4.5 lbs. Now they submit to Insurance for approval. They also told me that starting Feb 3rd Blue Cross Blue Shield no longer requires the Dr supervised weight loss program. Nice that they waited to do it when I was done with mine...
    lisaholland73 lisaholland73
    1 Response Feb 21, 2012


    Hi I had a lap band two weeks ago after much contemplation for a long time. I had a large hiatus hernia which was causing me to suffer regular reflux especially at night, where I would litterally have my stomach content come right up into my mouth while I was sleeping, I would...
    ljt59 ljt59
    51-55, F
    Sep 1, 2012

    Almost Ten Years With A Lapband

    I'm not going to type a lot unless people want more information. I have no secrets, and will tell all the good and bad. I got my band on 4/27/03, nearly ten years ago. I've lost over a hundred pounds. I've kept most of it off, and will take back off what I've put back on, about...
    Oldbuthard Oldbuthard
    66-70, M
    2 Responses Nov 22, 2012

    Weight Loss Plateau

    I have been banded for a couple of years, and dropped 30 pounds before and 30 pounds since surgery. However, I can't seem to drop any more. Anyone else have this experience
    000Barbie000 000Barbie000
    66-70, F
    1 Response Nov 19, 2013

    I just got my third or fourth fill.

    I wanted to get this last fill because I felt like my weight wasn't going anywhere and I was hungry in between meals. I got the fill two days ago and now just about everything I eat feels like it is stuck. It takes me over an hour to eat, and after that I am so tired of...
    sherridawn2003 sherridawn2003
    36-40, F
    May 17, 2014

    Not What I Thought It Would Be

    My impression of the Lap Band was that I would be able to eat like I normally did, but get full much quicker. Sadly, that is not the case for me.  Most things I can no longer eat anymore.  Everything causes heartburn, won't go down, makes me throw up.  The only...
    mlutz445 mlutz445
    4 Responses Aug 17, 2008

    Happy Bander

    I had lap band surgery 5 years ago and lost the desired 70lbs and have kept it off. I am much happier with the new improved me. Feel better physically and look better too. My original surgeon quit doing the procedure and would no longer manage my care, so I had to find another...
    happybander happybander
    Apr 28, 2013

    I Dont Feel Like a Failure Anymore

    In my life I have usually been fairly happy, but sad I could not conquer my weight for GOOD.  I t always came back, with more.Now i have a sense of accomplishment.  It is still work each day, but so much easier without constant HUNGER. I feel 'NORMAL'  whatever...
    julienorton julienorton
    51-55, F
    2 Responses May 9, 2009

    2 Yrs Out

    My lap band surgeon was in Mexico, and he was murdered.  A shot to the head. How are all of you dealing w/banding?  2 yrs out and 60 lbs to go....
    cindy73 cindy73
    4 Responses Feb 25, 2008


    Hey everyone.. I'm 20 years old and decided to start taking steps towards getting the lap band. I'm married with no children. I've made a lot of decisions towards getting banded, I've quit smoking, and I might get flack for this, but I also had to gain 5 lbs to meet the bmi...
    lizylove20 lizylove20
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 29, 2013

    Loving Myself Again

    I am 50 years old and for many years have had problems with my weight. In 2008 had I had surgery on my neck. I thought that the surgery would help but it didn't. In March of 2008, I lost the most important man in my life, my father. After 5 months out with the neck surgery I...
    Stellababy Stellababy
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Dec 11, 2012

    Love/hate Relationship With My Band

    I had the lap band since 2009 and I love the fact that I have lose weight and look better with clothes on. I'm about 30lbs from my goal weight and wanted to get laser lipo to get the flat belly. I worked out real hard and now still work out but not as hard I as I did in the...
    josorio941 josorio941
    26-30, F
    Aug 8, 2011

    I Am Sorry I Ever Got A Lapband.

    I was really disappointed with my Lapband surgery.  All the chat rooms I visited, and I visited a lot...didn't have anything negative to say about the Lap Band.  But course I was desperate to lose weight that I didn't pay attention and later realized that of couuse they don't...
    jbarnes256 jbarnes256
    6 Responses Apr 6, 2012

    Help Please...

    I had the lap band about 5 weeks ago and I've only lost like 11 pounds.   Is this normal??? Shouldn't I be losing more??   How can I lose more?
    reynaa reynaa
    18-21, F
    4 Responses May 17, 2010

    Lap Band

    Hello everyone I have an appointment to get my lap band on May 29, 2012 and i'm very scared. i heard alot of diffrent stories good and bad, but at the end of the day everyone is diffrent so a chance i'm willing to take. i will let yall all know how i'm doing after the surgery.
    MrsWashington05 MrsWashington05
    1 Response May 7, 2012

    I am a summer student working

    for a lawyer who is interested in starting a class action against Slimband. If you feel that you have been: -wronged due to a lack of informed consent regarding the post operative diet plan, or if you are -suffering from a mental illness and were suffering prior to the...
    bigbear111 bigbear111
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jun 16, 2014

    I Am Scheduled For Lapband With Plication On The 7th Of October.

    My life has been weight ups and downs. I was a chubby child. At 15, I lost my weight(I was almost anorexic) going from 168 to 120 in about a month, and I kept if off for years...till I was around 22. I was in a bad marriage, my mom and dad died in one year, and the weight...
    susie55 susie55
    61-65, F
    Aug 27, 2013

    What Kind Of After-surgery Care Do You Need?

    I'm 61 years old and weigh 280 lbs. My doctor is starting to pester me, but I think they all do that. I was on Weight Watchers twenty years ago. It worked, but I lost interest and the weight came back. I concluded that diets rely on will-power and will-power is temporary. I...
    jdedos jdedos
    61-65, M
    Apr 18, 2013

    Lap Band, Eh. Don't Get Your Hopes Up--they Make $$ Off Of It!!! Remember That.

    I got the LB in May 2010. I've lost 40 lbs. 40 lbs is good but I lost most of it within the first 6 months and have been at a stand still since. Since the initial loss, I have had a lot of trouble getting food down. I don't vomit very often because I have learned how to eat so...
    joann287 joann287
    9 Responses Aug 21, 2011

    My Second Go At The Lap Band

    I had lap band around 6 years ago. I lost 70 lbs. Then I gained back 40. I learned tricks to get around the band. I ate slider foods and used drink to wash food down. This was only hurting me. Why did I even have the surgery if I was going to purposefully sabotage it?? I...
    kiki1981 kiki1981
    3 Responses Apr 30, 2013


    just a short message...I was banded last January and pulled off 45 pounds. I do have some difficultly with my band. I vomit allot. I never had but one fill. I do suffer with acid reflux now. I never had that before until I had my surgery. My husband also had the band put on last...
    tagisthin tagisthin
    3 Responses Jan 6, 2009

    Awaiting My New Life

    So I have a surgery date set for a week away. I have struggled with my weight as sick of yo yo diets but dont feel that tehy are a life changing diet, so I am seeing the lap band procedure as a new start. I am realist taht teh procedure is not a quick fix as I know that i can...
    crazycint crazycint
    1 Response Apr 8, 2012

    Help!!! I had lap band surgery Dec.

    2013. I initially lost 21lbs but I have gained 4lbs back. For those that have lost and kept it off, how did you do it? I have never experienced vomiting but I do have to eat slow because it's hard for the food to go down sometimes. I also have left shoulder pain daily. Any...
    MzStrait MzStrait
    Jan 26, 2015

    One Week Today

    Hi i have my band one week today, but i have started eating again already, i had a hitia hernia which the doctor discovered during my operation and kindly fixed for me, but because of this i have to get my band adjusted very slowly and i don't know how much they have in my band...
    dun7303 dun7303
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Aug 28, 2013

    My Story

    I have been looking for a Forum to discuss questions about Lap band because I always feel bad calling or emailing the Dr for simple questions. Anyways on to my story. I am a 29 y/o father of 2 boys. I have been trying to lose weight for years and I have success but nothing...
    jnewman84 jnewman84
    31-35, M
    Oct 29, 2013

    Just had my surgery May 8,

    2014 My weight was 222 with 2 weeks of protein diet before surgery and liquid diet the week after 208.6 lbs My goal weight is 165 lbs was wondering if anyone has eaten thin crust pizza???? I love pizza and hope I will be able to eat it again even if its one piece.
    TexasRedSpaniard TexasRedSpaniard
    51-55, M
    2 Responses May 12, 2014

    Yeah!!! I Got Approved For Surgery!

    Just found out yesterday that I have been approved for Lap-band surgery! I have a four hour class for education on March 19th, sign my consent form on March 30th, start pre-op diet on April 3rd and Surgery is scheduled for April 17th! Prayers welcomed and any insight if you have...
    lisaholland73 lisaholland73
    1 Response Feb 28, 2012
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