Today marks my 6 year bandiversary. And I don't know about you guys, but old post from blogs I follow are showing up in my feed today. And this is one of them. I believe we were righting these posts to get ready for our first meeting of lapbanders in Chicago in 2010. Crazy how time flies. There are other "band rockstars" featured...you can find that blog here . It's a trip to look back and see my answers then as they would compare to my life now. While I think about my lapband everyday, my identity is tied less and less to it as the years pass. It's always there...always helping a little...but it doesn't drive me or control my behaviors very much. I believe come March it will be either 2 years or 3 years since my last fill. I am thinking just 2 years. I don't have much restriction, but it still makes itself known a couple times a week. Knock on wood, everything seems to be running smoothly. The lapband was the right choice for ME...but that doesn't mean it's the right choice for everyone.
If you are considering weight loss, always do your research. Know your doctor. Ask questions. Educate yourself. Here are some interesting statistics:
The LAP-BAND® has shown Long-Term success when patients are managed with appropriate aftercare (This is Amy talking now...aftercare is a big part of lapband. I am pretty sure without the aftercare from my doctor, and our relationship, I would not have been as successful. But aftercare also means YOU taking care of your band, being honest about your restriction, your eating habits, your exercise, your mental and emotional support outlets, etc)
Long-Term Outcomes After Bariatric Surgery: Fifteen-Year Follow-Up of Adjustable Gastric Banding and a Systematic Review of the Bariatric Surgical Literature
Annals of Surgery , Volume 257, Number 1, January 2013,
Paul E. O’Brien, et al.
· 50.5% EWL at 3 Years
· 49.6% EWL at 5 Years
· 47% EWL at 10 Years
· 47.2% EWL at 15 years
· 3227 patients, 714 with 10+ years follow-up only 5.6% removal rate for the entire group
The LAP-BAND® has been shown as safe or safer than any other bariatric procedure (me again. It does seem there are so many "lapbanders" that are now former banders. It seems to me like there are a lot of people in blogland having their bands removed or switching to other WLS. There are many of you who read this blog that I have switched. The percentage of those of us in social media though doesn't seem to line up with the percentages reported below. I wonder if that is because we are a more "vocal" group out here in cyberland...and perhaps the 94% of bandsters with no complications are off doing other things? I just don't know...just think it's interesting to compare)
There are a number of databases that healthcare organizations and professionals use to monitor bariatric procedures after surgery.
A recent review of data from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons databases showed the following:
Hospital Stay After Procedure
Less than 1 day
Approximately 3 days
Approximately 3 days
Illness After 30 Days
· 75% lower 30-day morbidity compared to sleeve (ACS – Hutter 2011)
· 1/3 the complications compared to sleeve through 1 year (BOLD – DeMaria 2010)
· 68% lower readmission rate than sleeve (ACS – Hutter 2011)
· 1/3 the reoperation rate compared to sleeve (ACS – Hutter 2011)
· Shorter length of stay than sleeve and bypass (ACS – Hutter 2011)
So, with all of that interesting data hurting your head...let's take a look back to Friday, May 7th, 2010.
The Oprah of S.O.B.s! Our very own Band Rockstar: Amy W.!
I am beyond excited to report that our S.O.B. of the week is none other than the famous, beloved-by-all, Amy W.!!!!!!!
Amy -- who is now known as a true Skinny B*tch -- has been a major inspiration to untold numbers of Bandsters. How many of us have said to Amy, "Your blog is the one that inspired me to get the band?" How many of us have cried (or wanted to) reading one of Amy's posts? (Is it even possible some of you have never read Amy's blog? I doubt it, but just in case, she is over at Once Upon a Time, in the Land of Cheese and Sunkist).
I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that Amy, with her one-of-a-kind personality, genuineness, sense of humor, and fabulous blog posts -- together with her undeniable success -- has truly changed lives. So many of us look to Amy as one of our very best Band Role Models!
And honestly, I am trying not to editorialize too much on this blog -- these Superstars' results and stories speak for themselves. But I really love Amy's outlook and approach to losing with the band. Don't we all? I especially love how Amy is always kind to herself -- even after a major run-in with Sunkist! I bet this is one of the big secrets to her success....
Amy has shrunk from a 327 starting weight to 184.5! Yes, you read that right! She is down 142 pounds and looks amaaaaaazzzzing! Bikinis, Victoria's Secret Pink sweats, cheerleading outfits.....Nothing is off limits for this Hot Chick! Amy is rocking it all these days. Hopefully I will have here Before and During pics to post soon.
Listen carefully, Girlfriends. Here are some tips you do not want to miss! Take it away.....our Rockstar, Amy......
1. All about You! Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, how long you have had the band, etc.)