Lap Band Success Stories - Real Results
I felt the gastric bypass was too drastic a surgery but I knew I needed to do 'something'. When I heard about the LAP-BANDŽ, I knew immediately it was perfect. I knew that the LAP-BANDŽ would help me lose weight with reduced food intake without the starvation and depravation. If I got pregnant or got ill, all the fluid could be removed and I could have a temporary 'regular' stomach again. It seemed like a no-brainer!
Now, three and a half years after LAP-BANDŽ surgery, I feel like a totally transformed person! The LAP-BANDŽ changed my life!
I tried every weight-loss program that you can imagine. Each time I would lose weight but I'd always gain it back - plus more. After years of yo-yo dieting I topped the scales at 304 lbs and had given up on losing weight. Then I learned about the LAP-BANDŽ System and I knew I had another option. I could have had
Gastric By-Pass, but from my nursing experience I saw first hand the risks associated with it. I knew the LAP-BANDŽ was the choice for me. Since my surgery I have gone from a size 30 to a size 14. I've lost the weight and I'm keeping it off! I'm in control of my life and I look like a whole new person.
Being large most of my adult life, I had grown comfortable with my size, but as I grew older my body had become a burden. At 345 lbs I had developed Type II diabetes. As a result, I had to take medication 4 times a day and developed diabetic neuropathy in my fingers and feet. My doctors informed me that I would only be able to sustain any quality of life for the next 8-10 years; all of this due to my weight. My only option was permanent weight loss. The LAP-BANDŽ is a non-invasive surgery. I experienced dramatic weight loss, had a small recovery time and experienced little discomfort. A year and a half later I went from 345 lbs to 212 lbs, a loss of 133 lbs. I no longer take medication for diabetes and have been completely cured of the disease. Because of my weight loss with the LAP-BANDŽ I am now able to live life again, instead of just existing. As one of my LAP-BANDŽ friends said, "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels."
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I was tired of living life at 292 lbs. I had success with other weight-loss methods, but none of them worked long-term. I have a son whom I did not want to embarrass one day. I wanted to be around to enjoy him growing up, to see him graduate and get married. I wanted to be healthy, and I wanted the woman on the outside to match the one on the inside. As a nurse I researched as much as I could. I loved the fact that the LAP-BANDŽ was the safest surgery available and that it was adjustable. I have lost 160 lbs since my surgery, and I have to admit... I really love the way I look as well!
Growing up my activities kept me in shape and my weight down. When I got out of school I got out of sports, other priorities took over my life and the weight piled on. I tried all the fad diets, most with little or no success. I then I learned about the LAP-BANDŽ System. At first I had trouble believing that with the LAP-BANDŽ the weight would not come back, that it was not a diet but a tool, and that I was in total control of my weight loss. I've hit my goal and am down 170 lbs! The LAP-BANDŽ is still there to help me maintain my weight loss for the rest of my life. As a bonus, all the sports and family activities I had missed out on for over 20 years are back within my reach and there is nothing I can't experience with my children. The LAP-BANDŽ has given me my life back. It had been so long I had almost forgotten.
Before my surgery, I spent 20 years feeling ashamed of how I looked. I was miserable. Every joint in my body hurt from packing around the weight. In January 2001, I decided to have LAP-BANDŽ surgery. I am now wearing size 10 clothes, and that is smaller than I thought I would be when I was all done losing weight! I continue to be amazed at this new body of mine, and I love being able to do anything I want without a second thought. And sharing my success with the LAP-BANDŽ and letting people know about this wonderful, safe and less invasive weight-loss surgery is so much fun.
I enjoy backpacking and scuba diving. As I got heavier, it became increasingly more difficult for me to be active. I tried everything and was dedicated to losing weight - but nothing worked. I didn't want to wind up with health problems. I am married and wanted to start a family. I felt as if I was losing control of my life, despite all of my efforts. I chose the LAP-BANDŽ because the surgery is much shorter and less risky, and recovery is quicker. I returned to work the day I was back from the hospital. Almost four years after my surgery, I am still in control of my weight and my life and enjoy every day I spend with my daughter.
Life is hard enough with the added pressure of being overweight. Two years and 115 lbs ago I had reached my breaking point. I wanted to achieve a healthier lifestyle and gain control of my weight. I work in the medical field and I was very thorough in researching my options. I chose the LAP-BANDŽ System because it was a non-invasive, low risk procedure with minimal recover time. I had my surgery on Friday, went home the next day and was back to work Monday morning. I have maintained my goal weight for two years now and my life has changed in such a positive way. I feel more energetic, younger and much happier. I exercise, go boating, skiing, snorkeling, wear a bikini and do many things I could not dream of doing before I had the LAP-BANDŽ. I am thankful that with the help of the LAP-BANDŽ I can keep up with my children and I no longer have to worry about my weight.
I struggled with my weight my entire life. I tried everything, every diet and exercise combination imaginable, but had managed to diet my way to over 300 lbs. At that weight, life was a struggle. Even though I was young, I had high blood pressure, was borderline diabetic and suffered from constant lower back pain. I discovered the LAP-BANDŽ on the Internet, attended a patient seminar and immediately knew it was right for me. Since my surgery, I no longer have high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels or lower back pain. The LAP-BANDŽ has been the tool that I needed to finally be successful at losing weight!
The stigma that comes with being overweight in our society is very sad but very real; I felt that stigma every day. But my self-image wasn't the only thing suffering - so was my health. I was developing high blood pressure, sleep apnea and was practically immobile. I chose the LAP-BANDŽ System because it was the least invasive surgery and it was a tool that would teach me to eat well and take better care of myself. I needed to lose the weight slowly and learn to make lifestyle changes. I've lost 159 pounds, have no standing health problems and am even training for a marathon. My social life and occupational life have improved and I no longer feel restricted by my weight.