It usually works.
Since Chicago, I have been nodding while people tell me they have a low profile port. I just thought this meant that it was low in their body...like a port ninja.
The difference is only about .3mm. The above pictures are of Lap-band ports, but the realize port comes in around 11.6mm's as well.
My port baby sticks out a lot. I like it. It's my port baby for God's sake. I rub it. I let people touch it. Heather bites it.
Dr. Friedman has asked me if I would like him to reposition it...nah I say! It doesn't ever really bother me. It doesn't hurt. When I lay on my stomach doing yoga or something...I can feel it...but it's not bad.
But for those of you investigating, ask about the ports. Ask about the positioning of your port. Mine is high up on my stomach, some get theirs very low.
And when you go in to your doc, discuss the differences between the two band manufacturers. I didn't even know (at the time of my surgery) that there were two bands out there (I probably was just nodding and grunting when someone said Realize or Lapband).
This is the Lap-Band AP
This is Realize Band-C
There are also different sizes with each brand. So ask you doc about that as well. There is the Lap-band AP (standard APS) with fill volume is around 10ml. The Lap-band AP (Large APL) has a fill volume around 14m. The Realize band is around 9, and the Realize band-C is around 11.