I got my lap band July 22 2010. I received 2 fills on the normal schedule, I moved to Italy and now the doctor here is saying that my band will not except another fill. Even though on the x-ray shows the barium goes right through. So he tries and I close right up!!! I don\'t feel full and if I don\'t push my plate away I could eat the whole thing. I work out for 2 hours a day and follow ALL the lap band rules!! What could be the problem with my band?? Is it possible that after just 2 fills could I be full so soon after my surgery????
Answer 1 The first thing you should know is that everyone heals differently; some feel full within a few days following surgery whereas for some it might take a long time. Some people feel full just after the surgery but it is not because of the band but because of the swelling. You should not think that the band will make you feel full, instead you have to take control of your eating habit. The difference is that before surgery you had to take full control but now some control is with the band and you have to take the remaining control. Eat slowly and chew the food properly, doing so would help you eat less and feel full. Barium shows that there is no band slippage.
Feeling full after 2 fills is not very common and you cannot opt for quick fills and neither will the surgeon give you fills so quickly. The reason is that your stomach needs healing and your body needs adjustment to the new conditions. Keep your confidence high and you will achieve your goal.