I had a band inserted in May 2010, had a great loss (47kg) and all was great for about 18 months, then the band started turning evil, and I started throwing up every meal (yet the surgeon who put it in did not feel there was a problem!). I hained weight despite this.
In May this year, I had a major slip, and the band was removed as an emergency procedure. I gained 12 kg over 6 months.
I have had a sleeve done on November 12, and the surgeon found there were extensive adhesions around my stomach. He used a 29F bougie.
I am feeling that I am able to eat too much - obviously it is less than I am able to eat with out a band. I can't say I feel much restriction...I know I am comparing it to the band! Actual hunger, I have little...but head hunger is a disturbing thing
I am certainly not having a dramatic weight loss )I have lost 6.5 kg since starting Opti 3.5 weeks ago, and the surgery 2 weeks ago.
Perhaps I am impatient (hell yes!), but given that my meal size is small, I would have expected more.
I guess I am so paranoid that the sleeve will not work for me (according to my surgeon, there is a higher likelihood of less effectiveness of the sleeve when you have had a band).
Can anyone who has been banded prior to sleeve share their experience with me???
I know it is early days, but just need some reassurance!!!