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I am a diabetic and my doctor is recommending lap-ban surgery in hopes that my diabetes  will go away.Has anyone else experienced this surgery and did it help the diabetes along with any weight issues. I am not obese but qualify due to all the other life issues I have. My BMI is only 37. Any thoughts and and prayers?




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      Tuliplady wrote Jul 18, 2011
    • That sounds pretty radical to me!  I’d definitely get a second opinion.  

       If you are not obese, what would be the point of having the surgery?  If it’s to limit the amount you eat, you can do that yourself without the surgery.  Why put yourself thru a surgery if you don’t need to?




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      Frannie1964 wrote Jul 18, 2011
    • I’m with Tulip on this one. Second opinion would be good. I have diabetes and I need to lose weight but diabetes is not just going to go away with surgery. You just need to start eating more healthy and exercise, watch your praportions and try to cut out as much sugar as possible. Have you taken any diabetic classes? Maybe you should look into that but to just have lap-band because your doctor said your diabetes would go away..NOT! But I’m not a doctor but if your not obese then a second opinion would be good.

      Keep us posted and prayers are with you.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jul 18, 2011
    • I have not had the lap band but I did have the gastric bypass surgery in NOvember of last year.  It has been life changing for me.  I was not diabetic but I was on the road to having diabetes.  I was definitely 100lbs overweight.  I’ve lost 72lbs so far!

      As far as the lap band...personally I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole.  I’ve done extensive research on all the different kinds of weight loss surgeries.  There have been more people than not to have complications with the lap band.  My own dietician got the lap band when they first came out and only lost about 40 lbs. but eventually starting having problems with it and had to have it removed.  She went back and had the gastric and is doing great ever since then.  You usually only lose about 50lbs with the lap band but it you have to have it filled up every so often.  Who wants a port and who wants to have it filled up every so often?  Not me.  

      But..I will say the weight loss surgery IS the only cure of diabetes...Type II.  If you are not overweight I certainly would not consider the lap band.  I would definitely try losing it on my own.  If that does not work..then I would go the gastric before anything.




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      Anne E wrote Jul 18, 2011
    • Unfortunately, a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. A good friend of mine had weight loss surgery and she has had all kinds of unfortunate complications.  This is a very serious decision.  Most hospitals offer weight-loss seminars on surgical methods of weight loss.  perhaps you can check into this.  I am wishing you the best. I have diabetes too, but my A1c is 5.7 or less.  Exercise is critical.




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      Mary Clark wrote Jul 19, 2011
    • If there is a hospital in your area that specializes in weight loss surgery they should offer seminars on it for people to get informed.  I know of only a few who have had it and lost a significant amount of weight (close to 100lbs) and had no complications.  I just wouldn’t want to have to go every so often to get it filled up to make it work better.  I’ve had several doctors who I know personally tell me that they would not ever consider the lap band.  The gastric bypass has the most documentation and for any weight loss doctor you need to make sure they are nationally certified in weight loss surgery.  It is a very big step and life changing.  But I also know it is the only cure for Type II diabetes which is a dangerous disorder as well.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 22, 2011
    • Sending you prayers!




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      Nancy Simpson wrote Feb 29, 2012
    • Hi. I wish I had joined sooner so I could have seen your post. I wanted to give my input though. I ran into a lady awhile back that was in the same situation, but she had the bypass surgery done and it has helped her a lot. She has diabetes and was told she would die if she didn’t lose weight. I have heard good and bad things about the lap band and also the bypass surgery. But the lady I ran into was definitely very positive about the bypass surgery. I hope this helps :)




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