Well since my second fill I’ve noticed a feel fuller quicker, not massively but noticeably so I’m feeling better about it working. Am not losing much on the scale but patience will prevail.
Anyway, on Sunday I’m chewing on a bit of chicken and I feel a shard of tooth come off one of my bottom rear teeth. Incredible pain soon ensues and am now looking down the face of a massive dentist bill. With the side I chew on now out of action and me being required to chew my food thoroughly means am limited to what I can eat.
I get an emergency appointment with my dentist, i only signed onto this dentist a few weeks back so haven’t seen him before, so I have got a raft of paper work to complete when I walk in the door. One of the questions is, “have you recently had any major surgery in the last 6 months?” And I think “shit”. My boss recommended this dentist and knows him very well, if I tell them I’ve had gastric band is it likely to get back to her? Across the top of the sheet it says “confidential patient survey” and I think that dentists must be bound by the same rules doctors are around patient confidentiality, nevertheless I hesitate to be honest but then I tink what if I spaz out on the chair and they have to insert some tubes or whatever and my withholding of information puts my life at risk… fuck it! I signed it. Slowly beginning to regret it now though as i can’t trust they keep their mouths shut. Anyhoo, temporary filling in place and an xray means am back for more treatment next week. Can’t chew much food at moment, probe a good thing.
A friend (BeBea) from the forum at Gastric Surgery Friends has an inspirational blog here which has tracked her amazing weight loss, life with a gastric band and adjusting to the ‘new’ her. Please stop by and say hello.
Well I’ve had my second fill, I’ve not lost any weight since my last fill which i knew. Apparently most patients present having put weight on since surgery, but am still 14lbs lower. Anyhoo. Ive had a 2.5mls put in putting me up to 6.5 in a 14ml band. My lovely nurse said she wouldnt expect me to go over 10mls as its usually before then id start to find my sweet spot.
The place was really busy today, the bariatric nurse and my patient coordinator were there so it was obviously sales and screening day for the north east. 🙂
Anyway, back now and my diet is strictly liquids for two days, then mushy for two days. FML. 🙂
The guide above describes the Amber, green and red zones and when to decide if a fill is necessary, defo worth a read
A guide that a member posted on one of the forums makes an interesting read. Its written by a bariatric surgeon in America and describes what restriction is and how we should be using our bands to full effect. Read it Here and let me know your thoughts below.
A question relating to how much fluid should be added to a gastric band, it made me wonder what the manufacture Allergan’s guidelines were and found a very interesting technical spec and clinical user manual on their website.
Over the last few weeks I’ve begun to notice that a lot of people banded including myself, seem to have this expectation of the gastric band that once they’ve had the surgery that its all downhill thereafter. However after having the procedure done recently, this isnt true.
What is more discouraging is that the providers seem to be the target of our frustration in that when the results on the scales Dont go our way, we immediately look for someone to blame, when in truth weight loss is solely our responsibility, isn’t it? My band is not going to stop me buying cake, or kebabs, it may try and help me eat less of them but the healthy food choice lies solely with me. Now this has always been my problem. Eating too much and eating the wring things have been the sole contributors to my weight gain over the years, so who’s to say that removing one (eating too much) will ensure my success? I could eat less but what if ate junk?
This far in I can only credit my provider, the Hospital Group for doing their job, which was to put in a band and support me while I get used to it and gave advice where necessary. They were very clear with me that if I didn’t work at losing weight then my results would be negligible and also warned me very matter of fact that if I over ate then I could risk serious complications and even death.
Would like to hear someone else’s thoughts?