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Does a 30 BMI warrant Lapband surgery

Share the post “Does a 30 BMI warrant Lapband surgery” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint You may have seen the recent announcement that the FDA approved lowering the BMI threshold to qualify for adjustable gastric banding, i.e. Lapband, surgery. Previously a person with one obesity-related medical condition such as diabetes needed to have a BMI of 35 or more. The new guidelines lower this to a BMI of 30…

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Bandwagon – A Book Review

I love easy to read and understand owner’s manuals for my tech toys. They are usually complex and not geared for a quick read. My Lapband is a high tech device that is implanted in my body. It only makes sense that I want to be knowledgeable of the use, care and feeding of my band. When Jean McMillan, a fellow bandster and Obesity Help chat buddy authored a book on adjustable gastric banding and weight loss surgery, I ordered a copy for my reference.

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my 2nd surgiversary… life is good!

Share the post “my 2nd surgiversary… life is good!” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Today is the 2nd anniversary of my Lapband weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery (WLS) post-ops generally refer to these dates as surgiversaries. My cycling pal Chuck has what I think is a better term, “rebirthday”. I like that since it signifies that you made a change in your life and are given new birth…

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i cannot guarantee that she’ll hold up

Share the post “i cannot guarantee that she’ll hold up” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint The title of this post is a quote of Montgomery Scott from the original Star Trek series. If you are a Star Trek fan, you know that Scotty was constantly worried that the Enterprise would somehow fall apart when Kirk ordered him to “give it all we got” to escape from a nearly inescapable…

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a matter of support

Share the post “a matter of support” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint It’s been some time since I’ve posted anything about weight loss. As I approach 2 years post-op Lapband surgery in July, I have realized that my perspective on what support I need for my weight loss journey has changed. As a pre-op Lapband patient, I found the discussion forums at http://www.obesityhelp.com/ to be an extremely valuable thing…

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the bounce

Share the post “the bounce” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint It’s the reality. Somewhere around 18-24 months post-op, bariatric surgery patients experience a bounce in their weight. Everyone loves seeing that scale go down month after month. And… then it stops. And… then it goes up a little. And… then a little more. And… then people go crazy! I see it happening in the fellow Lapbanders and RNY folks…

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Heart Health Report Card for 2009

Share the post “Heart Health Report Card for 2009” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint The 12th was the fourth anniversary of my heart attack that led to my triple bypass and 17 day hospital stay. I completely forgot about it until Brett reminded me the other night. On the first anniversary of the heart attack, I made a goal to make myself accountable in this blog for my overall…

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Happy 1st surgiversary to me

Share the post “Happy 1st surgiversary to me” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint Today marks the first anniversary of my lapband surgery. I have given some thought over this past week on what to say about this event. It’s been quite a year for me. When I started this journey I thought that lapband surgery would make losing weight a breeze. What I found out is that it is…

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a before and after

Share the post “a before and after” FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInE-mailPrint I haven’t done any before and after shots of myself during my 70 pound weight loss over the past year. Brett and I spent this past weekend in Chicago visiting our good friends Al and Keith. We took the MegaBus from Tower City to Chicago Union Station. While we were waiting at Tower City, I spotted the…

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