My decision to have lap band surgery was ultimately to loose weight and enable me to go back to work. I have some fairly severe back issues and with the added weight I have gained over the past few years, I came to a point where I could not work, and the fact that I couldn’t exercise just exacerbated the problems.
I went to the lab band clinic for the first time in March, and a surgery date was set then and there for May 16th. I was advised that because my BMI was too high for surgery, that I should loose 40 lbs. prior to May 16th. Well, I certainly had some difficulties during that period.
I started off like gangbusters having lost 9 lbs. in a 1 week period, and then the weight loss went down to 1 or 2 lbs. and/or none. In the end, I did loose 23 lbs. – down to 320 lbs total – and that was just enough to get me the surgery!
I can’t say what improvements I have felt yet, but I feel quite positive that I chose the right bariatric surgery for me, lap band vs. roux-en-y gastric bypass, etc. I can see the potential of this device, and I feel like I’ll never have to loose the weight I’ve just lost, again!!