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post #1 of 30 Old 12-28-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question lap band surgery ?? crazy or considered

I am past the point of thinking about it and to the point of 2 months before surgery. So tired of not being able to mount from the ground, losing balance on tiny jumps, looking wider than my horses rump. So I have decided on the lap band. Has anyone done it? how did it effect your riding ability? How long to heal? Im doing it mainly to be a better rider, so how would it effect my saddle time? Im worried but so excited!!! Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 30 Old 12-29-2011, 12:20 AM
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Ok, I have never been overweight so I can't really relate, but why surgery???? I would do everything in my power to prevent that, but again, I have always been fit, and deathly afraid of surgery. Have you exhausted & I mean tried with every fiber of your being to be fit instead resorting to this?
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post #3 of 30 Old 12-29-2011, 07:57 AM
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Without changes in lifestyle it wont work. I know a couple people that have had it, lost tons of weight but within a couple of years have started putting it back on.
See a doctor to rule out actual medical conditions. After that it is simply, eat less exercise more. The money you would spend on surgery, spend on a dietician and trainer.
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post #4 of 30 Old 12-29-2011, 08:07 AM
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Well, I tried all that, to no avail. I had gastric bypass. I follow the rules but the bypass forces the issue. Many people judge, but if you've never been there it's incredibly hard and sometimes tools are needed.
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post #5 of 30 Old 12-29-2011, 12:01 PM
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I had a friend who had the surgery for herself and to help her reach her riding goals right before I met her. She then lost enough weight to qualify/need the skin reduction surgery, which she also had. I saw her often during the skin reduction portion of things and she was back to work very quickly and got the ok from her Dr to start light riding not long after her staples were out. She told me the bypass recovery was even easier, but I will also tell you she is one tough cookie! I doubt I would have recovered as quickly if I had been in her shoes.

In time after she was well recovered from the skin reduction she did end up putting a little weight back on, but overall she was happy with her decisions. Prior to starting and during all of this some of her family and other friends did not understand and gave her a hard time about it. Although she listened/took in what they had to say, in the end she made the choices on her own and for her own reasons since it was her life, her body, and her decision to make.
Good luck with whatever you do...
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post #6 of 30 Old 12-29-2011, 04:34 PM
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I did one of my term papers last year on Gastric banding and it's pros and cons.

Here's my few thoughts:
- I have no issues with the eligible wanting/undergoing the surgery, just SO LONG as they understand the risks. There is risk in every surgery/procedure. Be sure you learn them all thoroughly and make the best informed decision possible.
- I think people view this as too much of a quick fix. But if you have legitimately tried all options (down the paths of diet, exercise, medications etc ) and have your doctors support then that's another thing.

Something to keep in mind, is be prepared to really look after your eating habits. The stomach has the ability to stretch to encompass how much you eat, so if after the surgery (obviously post recovery periods and getting back into normal life) you slowly return to your normal amount of eating (if the source of your weight is overeating) then you will actually put back the weight and potentially destroy your stomach.

Just make sure you do ALL your research before making any decisions :) There's no rush if your life is not currently in danger.
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post #7 of 30 Old 01-08-2012, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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thank you all

I value all of your opinions and thank you all for responding. I am actually 120 pounds over the designated weight for my build and stature. The thing is when I look in a mirror I cant believe that's me, I mean I think of myself as shapely, not what I see, and it bothers me. I have tried dieting, and less food intake, but both seem to make me think more about eating and so then I want to eat more often. The purpose of the lap band is to make me feel full with little food so that's why I think it will work. I already eat till I am full then stop so i think this will be a good thing for me. I have had thyroid tests and several other blood panels ran but everything comes back clear. I just hold the calories more than most people, or so the doctor told me. When I think of the new freedom I will have I cant wait. Be able to shop for sexy clothes, cause everything for plus size looks like it is for grandmas and I like to dress young. Be able to mount my horse without me and her simultaneously grunting would be great!! :) I already do alot of excercise mainly in the form of dancing , usually 2 nights a week. Of course horse riding too. All of my family is against it, most of my friends, even my boyfriend is against it. But none of them live in my body. I would love to be at 160 pounds in two years, if I meet that goal sooner then great.I dont want to be overly skinny or even as thin as my doctor says my goal weight should be, I just want to be able to do the thing I love to the best of my ability, which is ride!
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post #8 of 30 Old 01-08-2012, 09:12 AM
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I hope all goes well with your surgery and you have a speedy recovery. My aunt had the gastric bypass and she lost a ton of weight and has kept most of it off but it is a little different, no idea about the band.Good luck
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post #9 of 30 Old 01-12-2012, 08:03 PM
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I had lap band surgery several years ago now. I lost 130 lbs and have since gained back about 35 lbs. However, I still look pretty good. I feel MUCH better than I did when I was close to 300 lbs. I am happier and it has made a huge difference not only in my riding abilities, but in life in general. Some people were very negative about this telling me how this was "the easy way out", and on and on. I just could only say, "Walk a mile in my shoes". I tried EVERY diet plan I think, on this planet, and had the surgery to save my life. Do I regret it, now that I have gained a little back? Hell no. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It isn't for everyone and some people can just lose weight without any help. Good luck in your journey. If you need to talk to someone who has been there, feel free to message me.

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post #10 of 30 Old 04-28-2012, 04:10 AM
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The problem with the lap band is that you can eat through it. It's very easy to cheat because you take something like a milk shake and the quantity is not stopped by the band at all! Both of my sisters had the full Roux-En-Y gastric bypass (google it if you don't know what it is) and lost 200+ pounds! I've been trying to get my doctor to let me do the surgery since I'm diabetic and very arthritic at 30. She thinks I'm doing well enough without the surgery but I don't feel I am. I can't exercise due to old back and knee injuries (I fight with her all the time about riding and have promised never to ride english, saddleseat, or bareback...) besides walking and even that I can't get motivated enough to do without having a walking buddy. Sadly, All my friends are on the other side of the state since I moved and I just have a hard time making friends where I live now... mainly because I hate it there. There's a newer procedure out now called Sleeve Gastrectomy. This is where they shrink your stomach but do not re-route your intestines. Some doctors are saying it's a cure for diabetes but it's not because you need the "bypass" of the other surgery to cure type II diabetes since the part that is bypassed is the part of your intestine that absorbs and routes sugar through your system. I'm probably just rambling to most of you but I hope this helps at least one person!
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