Wait time in between?

7 on October 4, 2019

I’m considering going from a gastric band to a gastric sleeve.  I still have my band and would like to know how long I need to wait between having the band removed and having the gastric sleeve performed.  Can they remove the band and do the revision all at once?  

 
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3 on October 5, 2019

I just had my band removed and the sleeve done at the same time. I had it done on September 5. The best decision I have made for myself in awhile.

on October 7, 2019

I’m hoping to get sleeved myself, but I’m curious about the band.  Did you try to have it tightened to see if that would help with your weight-loss goals?  I hope that’s okay to ask.  The clinic I’m going to doesn’t support banding as they don’t think it’s effective.  I just wondered how it all worked. 

on October 8, 2019

I wasn’t able to get it tighten because it had slept and I was throwing up everything I tried to eat. Liquid was the only thing I could get down. They were going to take it out. I didn’t want to be open again because I had already been putting weight back on before that happened.i had the band for 11 years and had put 50+ pounds back on and didn’t reach my goal to begin with. This was a good decision for me.

on October 8, 2019

I’m glad to hear that you’re happy with it, kaye64, and that you’re doing well!    I’m hoping I can get my band taken out and have the sleeve procedure done at the same time too.  That way I won’t need put to sleep or opened up more than once.  Thanks for letting me know it’s possible!

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2 on October 7, 2019

As far as I know, three months is the minimum wait time to switch between procedures. I can’t imagine going through two more surgeries to remove the band and having the gastric sleeve procedure, so it’s good to know that they can be done under one session.

Have you received the approval from your surgeon, Roo?

on October 8, 2019

The surgeon wants to try tightening it first, mainly because I wanted the band to begin with because it isn’t permanent.  That was ages ago though and I’ve seen that the band won’t work for me.  It’s too easy to consume slider foods with the band and my willpower goes to zero when something bad happens in my life.  I’ll probably have to look for another surgeon. 

5 days ago

Well, perhaps he thought that it would be better to avoid another surgery if he could considering the risks. But if it isn’t working for you, I understand why you would be eager to convert to another method.

I wonder if it’s going to be a huge issue to switch a surgeon at this stage. Have you found one?

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