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This woman knows…

4 Mar

I read this article off a site that networks people who have had the lap-band installed.  The unimaginable things we take for granted!  This is a great article to read – to get some idea of the pain and humiliation involved in being obese.  Read it here.

Details of the fill

17 Feb

For those who want to know the morbid details of what a “fill” is like…

My surgeon chooses a different process from many other lap-band surgeons.  He prefers to bury the port in the lower part of my stomach (instead of the upper part, just underneath the boob).  He told me that the reason for this is two-fold:

1)  Once the patient has lost all of their weight, he found that a port (which has been placed in the upper regions) can stick out in a noticeable way (I guess, like a large, unexplained bump).

2)  He also said that, with some patients, the port (placed in the upper regions) can feel uncomfortable… for example, when crouching or gardening (you can feel it digging into you).

Therefore, he opts to secure his patients ports “lower” and “deeper”.

This is all very fine and well, but it comes with a cost – mostly notably the price tag!  When a patient has had their port installed under the boob – a fill can be performed whilst the patient lies flat on the doctors’ examination table.  Quick-quick… and pretty painless, I’m told.

But with my low & deep port… my surgeon has to access the port via X-ray… so I have to lie on the X-ray table while he locates the (metal ring) of the port – and then (ouch!) he jabs me with a long needle in my stomach (which needs to go in deeper than normal).  You might ask:  what does that feel like?  Well, it feels like he’s jabbing me with a long needle!  (no local anesthetic)  The good news – is that he did it REALLY quickly.  So that moment of pain lasted about 3 seconds and then it was over.  Really not a big deal.

The gross part, for me, is having to drink a vile, bitter liquid (that they can view on the X-ray)… and he watches this liquid move into my stomach – just to check that everything is okay and that the band is doing it’s job – and what not.  I probably hate the vile liquid more than I hate the long needle!  And then of course, there’s the price tag.  X-Ray procedure costs R1250 ($173) – and surgeon doing the fill costs R700 ($97)  (Eeek!)

Well… at least one only goes for a fill occasionally!!!

I have booked my next fill for the end of March.  I would like another 2cc’s of saline injected into my lap-band.  The restriction that the band offers is great…. but I would prefer just that little bit extra!

Any curious questions – feel free to shout!

H.

This is what a lap-band is…

23 Nov