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WLS: Lapband Surgery Experience

In the past, I’ve briefly touched on me having WLS and having the Lapband placed around my stomach a few years ago. I have so much to say about my experience but I’ll spare you with my hour long rant. Maybe I’ll make a video about it instead…

So anywho, let me give you a quick rundown of my experience, why it didn’t work for me, what I learned, and why I’m not against WLS.

Let me take you back to 2011…. 

Although I don’t remember the exact date, I do remember that it was February 2011  when I went to see my primary care doctor who had been following me for the last few years. I got up on the scale that day and it read “318”. I knew that I had put on weight (because my husband made the best pasta dishes and you can fight me on that if you want) but damn!

It was then that my doctor suggested that I have Gastric Bypass surgery and it was then that I laughed in his face. Me? Gastric Bypass at the age of 23? Nah! After that I never went back to see him again.

A week later, I told myself I needed to do something because there was no reason why I should have been so exhausted all of the time and my clothes weren’t fitting anymore. So I went to the gym and signed up and attended the gym 3 days a week, sometimes more, at 5 am. At the time I had a friend who joined Weight Watcher so she would let me borrow her book on the points system and I followed it. By December 31, 2011 I had lost almost 70 lbs and plateaued on the weight loss. For the next year I struggled to lose more weight on my own and I felt nothing was working so I went to see my new primary care doctor.

When I saw my new doctor, she was surprised that I had lost so much weight on my own and suggested WLS. Here is where I had to question myself on if I had commitment issues. My mind was set on not having any surgery that I couldn’t reverse. So of course I went with the Lapband surgery.

By February 2013 I was banded and ready to go thinking, “Time to get the rest of this weight off and get back down to the size I was before becoming a mom.” That’s how all of this is supposed to work right? Wrong!

All was going well after recovery for the first  year or so. I would go in and get fills into the band. I even started jogging a few miles 4-5 days a week. There were times that I couldn’t keep food down because the band wouldn’t allow me to. All the while, I thought this was normal after watching a million and one Youtube videos on others that had the same surgery.

In 2015, there came a point where I could barely get one meal in a day and that was even after having all of the fluid removed from my band months prior. I was fit but I wasn’t losing any weight  and my energy levels were shot. I decided to have the band removed in June 2015.

food

I was lucky if I could get through just this meal in one day.

Between February of 2013 and June of 2015, I lost a total of 13 pounds.

When you’re caught sitting annoyed and hungry because you can’t keep anything down…

What I learned:

I learned Lapband surgery wasn’t right for me. Who is to say that VSG or Gastric Bypass wouldn’t have equated to successful results but I’m glad I chose Lapband surgery.

It was somewhat of a wake up call for me. I learned that I had created a false pretense to myself that, I couldn’t do it on my own. It took a while but I realized my eating wasn’t the problem, my lack of physical activity was. With the weight that I was pre-surgery, I physically felt great but, I had created this facade of a relationship with the scale.

I have no opposition to WLS for others. I’ve seen so many people have immense success  after having it done. I totally disagree with the statement that, “Getting WLS is taking the easy way out.” The process you go through before and after surgery isn’t easy.

I firmly believe that everyone’s body is different and what may work for some, may not work for others. Not everyone is meant to be skinny and that BMI chart is crap!

I also learned to make sure I wipe my damn mirror off before taking selfies….

 

Florals sarong

Post surgery

asos curvy

A month before having the Lapband removed

Fashion to Figure

A month post Lapband removal surgery (FTF fitting room selfie)

Honda Curvy plus size

Me now. Happy and Eating!

Have you or someone you know had WLS or considering it? Let me know below…. or not..

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5 comments

  • Great blog post Bianca! Ive recently begun considering a weight loss surgery. My heaviest was 320lbs in 2012, in years since then ive been able to get my weight down to 302- 305lb. Like you I had an uncomfortable experience with my primary care who suggested gastro to me even after my steady loss. Im very proud of my progress but I desire to lose weight in very specific areas of my body. Thanks again for sharing your experience with the lap band this is very helpful to me.

  • Great blog post Bianca! Ive recently begun considering a weight loss surgery. My heaviest was 320lbs in 2012, in years since then ive been able to get my weight down to 302- 305lb. Like you I had an uncomfortable experience with my primary care who suggested gastro to me even after my steady loss. Im very proud of my progress but I desire to lose weight in very specific areas of my body. Thanks again for sharing your experience with the lap band this is very helpful to me.

  • Thanks so much for sharing! Its great to get another perspective 🙂

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