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40 years old
Lost 157 lbs*
I started becoming overweight with my first pregnancy. My ex-husband and I lived out of state because he was in the service. I was a young mom, in a difficult relationship, and far from home. I used the pregnancy as an excuse for too many years, but continued to gain weight long afterwards. I spent my daughter’s childhood and most of her adolescence being too big to fully participate in her life. I had asthma, sleep apnea, my ankles were constantly swollen, terrible back pain, hip pain, and knee pain, which led to a torn ACL, and I couldn’t even tie my own shoelaces. In fact, my husband and kids knew that if I dropped anything, my keys, etc, to automatically come and pick it up for me, because I physically could not do it myself.
I had been on every diet imaginable, I had taken dangerous prescriptions, and anything else that I thought might help. I had looked into Gastric Bypass, but when I heard about the size of the incision, I was too scared to move forward.
A few years later, I heard about the Lap-Band. By this time, I had reached my highest weight and I was over 300 pounds. It was difficult to come to terms with that number, but I had to get real and do something about my weight once and for all. I did tons of research on the internet, and reached out to patients who had already undergone the procedure. Once I heard about their success, I had no reason to not give it a try. But, I knew it was most likely, my last attempt. If this did not work for me, I would not have many options left.
I fought long and hard with my insurance company to get the surgery approved, and in May of 2005, I was banded! I have found in the past, when I did lose weight, I would become impatient with my progress and ultimately end up giving up because I did not realize that the success would take time. And, then, either because of my impatience or life’s crises, I would fall off the program, and regain the weight plus more. The band has taught me to be patient with myself and when there are times when I have difficulty, the band is there to remind me of how to adhere to my new lifestyle. I could never have been successful without the band. If I did lose this amount of weight without it, the success would only have been temporary.
Now, I can do pretty much anything I want to do. I have an active lifestyle and I can walk long distances, which was completely out of the question before. I used to have to take breaks and stop to sit, when I was out with my family, and now I can keep up with anyone! It is the best decision I have ever made in my life for myself. I don’t even want to think about what life might have been like for me now, if I had never had surgery. I was lucky enough to get a second chance and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
40 years old
Lost 100 lbs*
Having yo-yo dieted for much of my teen and adult years, I finally just gave up and resigned myself to being overweight. I was still young and energetic, so most of the time I didn’t think about it, though every now and then a tight airline seat or turnstile would remind me. Eight years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes, and though I lost some weight in the initial shock, I regained it soon enough and learned to cope by ignoring the elephant in the room. The last few years were progressively more difficult, as the wear and tear on my back, joints, and health in general began to get the better of me. Working for Synchrony Health was an extraordinary stroke of luck. I received a custom-designed plan that included a medically supervised liquid diet, gastric band surgery, behavioral modification, nutritional education, and fitness training – the same care available to all our patients. I have lost over 100 pounds and kept it off for more than seven years.
51 years old
Lost 100 pounds*
I had been gaining weight for several years before coming to Synchrony Health. I was a miserable mess. My knees, feet, and back were painful all the time. Trying to walk around the block to get in some exercise was almost impossible. I was out of breath just walking a half block, and my feet and knees were screaming at me to stop. I work as an occupational therapist in public schools, most of them very old and with lots of stairs. Walking with bags of equipment from the street to a school, up the stairs, and to my work areas was an everyday challenge. I’d have to stop when getting to the door, at every stair landing, and then rest when I got to my work area, just to catch my breath before I could see students. Before gaining weight, my then husband and I would take the kids to Chicago, go hiking, go on picnics, play games with the kids … all the things one should do with their children. That all stopped. I couldn’t hike. It was too stressful on my knees and lungs. Walking at length in Chicago? Forget it. Play with my kids? I was just too tired. I had to have a cart to support me just to walk through the grocery store even if it was just for 2 or 3 small items. I would only go to restaurants that had tables, not just booths, because I couldn’t fit in the booth. Bathroom stalls, unless they were the big handicapped stalls, were a nightmare. My home life was in shambles and I felt so unworthy. The fatter I got, the more of a hermit I became. I stopped doing so many family activities. I’d get home from work and go to bed because I was so tired. My children suffered and my marriage ended. I tried every diet known to man and failed every time, largely because I was so very unhappy and food was my one comfort. It was always there and never failed to disappoint.
I had kicked around the idea of lap band surgery for quite a while, but always had an excuse for why I shouldn’t do it. Late one night, I was watching TV, and eating, and a commercial came on for Synchrony. For some reason, it caught my eye and I listened. I called the next day, made an appointment, did lots of my own research, and decided to have the surgery. It was the best decision I have ever made. Lap band is not a decision to be made lightly. It is not a cure all. The lap band is my tool. At the beginning, I worked harder than I ever had to make good choices and listen to what my body was saying to me about how much I could eat and when to stop. It’s easier now, but I have to still work. The band has made me listen to what my body is saying. The best part is that I have my life back. I am physically active and my energy level is amazing. I am never in pain. My self confidence is back. It’s such a thrill to be able to wear pretty clothes and I love doing all the girly things that I quit doing because I felt so bad about myself. I still can’t walk around the block … I’m too busy walking miles. Elevators, forget them. I take the stairs. My car is the one parked farthest from the building. No more waiting for someone in a close spot to leave. I’ve lost just about 100 lb. I’m about 45 lb. from my goal and am looking so forward to being able to say that I made my goal!
47 years old
Lost 221 lbs*
I can’t tell you how elated I am to have discovered Synchrony Health! I had band surgery June 20, 2007 and began using Synchrony in January 2008. I have finally arrived! Although I do not have a picture of me at my highest weight 371, this picture was in August 2007. I now weigh 150.4 lbs, and my goal was 170. Let’s say I’m not complaining. I don’t think I’ve ever wore a size 10 in my life and like you – – I’ve battled weight problems my whole life.
The good thing is, that I’m off all my medications, i.e. diabetes, high cholestoral, high blood pressure, and I even quit smoking prior to the surgery. Yes, I still follow the rules: no drinking with meals and I still use a little girl’s spoon and even a sippy cup sometimes. It is also nice to go to a facility where the employees have had the surgery too – – you can’t find that everywhere. And, remember the band is a tool, I also exercise – – I love Jazzercise it’s about one of the only forms of structured exercises that has been around for 40 years. Good luck to you and just keep believing in yourself!
117 lbs lost*
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57 lbs lost*
(1) Data on file, Allergan, Inc. The LAP-BAND AP® Experience (APEX) Study—2010 Interim Analysis. October 14.
(2) Data on file, FDA Core Deck. LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System P000008/S017. Dec 2012, Slide 87.
(3) Directions For Use (DFU). LAP-BAND AP® Adjustable Gastric Banding System with OMNIFORM® Design. Allergan, Inc. Irvine, CA. 11/12. Retrieved from: http://www.lapband.com/learn-about-lapband/losing-weight/
(4) Trujillo, M. R., Muller, D., Widmer, J. D., Warschkow, R., Muller, M. K. (2015, July 23). Long-term follow-up of gastric banding 10 years and beyond. Obesity Surgery. DOI: 10.1007/s11695-015-1800-x