"The lap band saved my life. I had to live on a machine and had to lose 100 lbs. before I was able to get a kidney transplant"
Lap band was the surgery I chose because I was on dialysis, and I needed the most non-invasive procedure I could have. It was better for me than being cut open because I was on dialysis 3 days a week. I was able to have the surgery and get in and get out of the hospital. It was done laparoscopically and it was basically painless. I lost 100 lbs. and it really changed my life in a number of ways.
I was a dialysis patient and weighed 350 lbs. I couldn't get a kidney transplant without losing at least 100 lbs. For about 2 years I tried losing weight and I couldn't. I just kept going back and forth on a yo-yo scale, and finally, I decided that I really had to do something. It took a while for me to get through all of the paperwork issues. Originally I was covered by my insurance, and then they changed the policies when it became known that if you had bariatric surgery you would get rid of your diabetes. So a lot of people with diabetes sought that surgery. Then the insurance company basically squashed my policy and I had already been pre-approved by Dr. Floch. As it turned out we had to go through the insurance board appeals, and Dr. Floch put the screws to the board and told them that their decision was ridiculous; that they had to step up or we would go to the TV channels with this. Finally, we got their approval.
I had to live on a machine and was told that I had a little more than 10 years to live. The lap band saved my life. I didn't get a fill for approximately 14 months because of the transplant and I only gained 8 lbs. I just started getting the fill again and I want to lose 30 lbs. My pills have been reduced down from 45 to 22 a day. Now I got the kidney under control and I'll finish up with the weight. How can you argue with the fact that for 14 months I only gained 8 lbs? It's nothing. You don't know what its like to get your life back!
Disclaimer: All before and after photos on our website show real patients who have lost weight through Fairfield County Bariatrics. These results are typical but not guaranteed. Your individual results will vary in terms of weight loss amount and duration to achieve the weight loss.