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    • #9521
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hey there

      Sometimes technology can be a little scary…!!

      If you would like to post on the forum and are unsure what to do please leave a comment in the box below and press the submit button below and one of the team will help you out.

      Thanking you

      The Team@BandBoozled

    • #9938
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi All, I got bandedon the 10th july. id lost 12 lb on preop diet and only lost 10 lb since op and have had 2 fills and am 4.75ml in a 10ml band. I am struggling to eat meat unless it has a sauce with it and dont eat a great deal even though i could on times as I feel no restriction. I am having my 3rd fill on friday so might notice some differance. Im feeling really disheartened that the weight is coming off so slowly and would have expected to lose a lot more by now. I am 18 3 so have quite a bit to lose. Can I have some advice please? xx

    • #9939
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      how do i post please

    • #9940
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Rebecca

      If its a new post you want to add – at the bottom of the cafe you scroll down and add the heading in topic

      then your post in the white box underneath – then you click the submit button below

      Hope this help

      If it is to reply you click on the topic link and again scroll down and this will give you a reply box,  enter comment in there and click the submit button

      If you still are struggling please let us know

      Cheers

      Sue & Nic

    • #9941
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Rebecca

      Welcome to the site.

      Try not to get disheartened – you are actually doing amazingly well!! Many people actually gain weight in the early weeks after the band is placed – the liver replenishes it’s glycogen stores after the strict pre – op diet. Also the band probably won’t be optimally adjusted yet -it usually takes between 4-6 adjustments over the first 6 months to get the right amount of fluid in the band for you.

      You have lost weight before and after the band surgery so keep going and try not to worry. Everything you are experiencing just now is absolutely normal at this stage.

      Have a little read through the weight section in  The Library too

      if you are finding your portions are still too big and you want a diet plan to follow until the band is optimally adjusted you could try the 54321 diet plan in The Diet Plans section of the site.

      Once the band is well adjusted your portion sizes should be small and you should be satisfied in – between meals so a specific diet plan shouldn’t be needed then xx

    • #11976
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi,

      I was due to have my 1st fill on Monday however due to a family emergency I had to cancel. I called THG & left a message & requested someone to call me back but so far haven’t received a call back to re-sechdule. I’m a little worried about the amount of time I’ll be without my band being filled. I’m eager to get my journey started. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks

      Paula x

    • #11977
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Paula

      Im not too sure who you spoke to or the number you called.  But I am aware WLSS make all the appointments so I would try calling them if you have already tried – or call them again if you have and was waiting a call back

      The numbers 0121 445 7547

      Oooo good luck and let us know how you get on xx

    • #11989
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi I have just joined the site.i a,pm 7 yrs post band and still going strong.great to have a site like this to connect in too.are there any other members with a band with this duration.? It would be nice to chat Donna xx

       

      • #12004
        Anonymous
        Inactive

        Hi Donna, I hope you don’t mind me jumping on your chat.  Ive only had my band 1 year now, bit of a shock to the system and some ups and downs along the way.  Does it get any easier LOL or do you just learn to cope more!

        So what is you total weight loss?  Have you had any regain, this scares me more than anything as I’ve red so many horrors.  So good to chat, and thanks for any knowledge from on old pro😉 X

    • #11993
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Ammib think you would  be perfect to talk to donna xxx

    • #11999
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Was just thinking that Laura. I think she’s 16 years or so banded now Donna with fab results xx

    • #12400
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      How do I add a picture? Tried clicking on the link and the image icon and it asks for urls and source files

    • #12402
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      If you click on the little camera on the source bar, and then link it upto the the file or image, then click OK… this should work xx

      Let me know if your struggling xx

    • #12405
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thanks x

    • #12426
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi,

      i had my first fill today. I was also disappointed with my weight loss even though I’ve lost 20lbs. But in the last week I had gained 3 1/2 pounds which really upset me. In any case I was a bit worried about the fill but it’s been fine. Wish I could see somewhere everyone’s WL journey. Amount lost and time taken.

    • #12427
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Kulsoom

      Firstly congrats on such an impressive weight loss – even before a fill has gone into your band…!!!!

      The initially weight loss after your surgery is not always sustainable once the swelling subsides and you start to reintroduce your textures.  You can feel an increase in hunger and portions so it is really not uncommon to experience a little gain.  This jus reassures us that your band is ready to start adjusting now.

      Even with an optimally adjusted band the weight loss is only aimed for 1-2lbs a week – so you have exceeded this well and truly so please don’t be disappointed.

      Glad your first adjustment went well, concentrate on your 20+ Rule, stick to healthy textured food and you can’t go wrong

      let us know how your getting on and well  done again that is an amazin start – keep up the good work

      dont forget to track your weight and measurements in the weigh in section xx

    • #12482
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi everyone!

      My name is Amanda and i dont know how to join in your conversations or ask a question…please help!

      Iive been doing the pre-op diet for 12 days now and i have an awful pounding headache,  ive been constipated for 10 days and now my tummy is swirling snd gurgling around. Is this normal?

      Thankyou. X

    • #12483
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Amanda

      welcome to the site. You have posted correctly to join in with the conversations 😃

      aw the pre – op diet is probably the hardest part of this whole journey – very strict. Keep going though – this is what is preparing you and your body for surgery

      the symptoms you mention are normal and unwelcome side effects of the pre – op diet   First of all make sure you have at least 2 litres of water. Take some meds as needed for them until you get past your surgery

      what provider are you with ? So I can see what re – op fiet you are on x

      aw good luck – how much longer have u got left in it ? Hopefully not long now xx

    • #12856
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi there guys.

      My name is Nish and I have joined new. I have had the band for 3 years did loose 5 stone but put it back on as I had my son.

       

      I had had started having my band fills last year. But now there just not making much difference like I know it’s there but just not working. Before when I lost the weight I could actually feel the food going through. But now that feeling only comes sometimes when I eat little faster.

       

      Had a band fill today. Still didn’t much make difference.

      Any advice. As I just want it to start to working.

       

      Many thanks

    • #12857
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Nish – welcome to BandBoozled

      congratulations on the birth of your son and on your past weight loss  you have clearly worked hard with the band before and you will get there again with it

      sorry to hear you are struggling with your band at the moment. It actually just sounds like there might just not be enough fluid in there yet ;

      – make sure you are eating solid, textured foods

      – are you hungry between meals?

      – what are you portion sizes like ?

      Just make sure you have realistic expectations of the band too – you shouldn’t be aiming to feel good going through the band – generally that can mean the band is a little on the tight side.  You should be able to eat 3 small , Reg meals daily of textured foods and feel satisfied between meals without having any red zone symptoms ( food getting stuck, discomfort on eating, reflux, night cough etc)

      how much fluid have you got in your band ?

      Keep us posted on your progress so we can help xx

       

    • #12858
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Also the first time around the focus is FULL ON… you’ve had your surgery and on it 100%…..  I think now with a slightly different mind frame, busy mum and in a totally different place you jus my need to look at this next weight loss phase in different eyes… you can do this and will get there, just may be a little different than before.

      Excited for you as you being here shows that mentally your ready to crack on and  getting your band working the best it can will help you no end

      Let’s do this,  focus on small achievable goals.. small steps in the right direction. Is key.

      I’m sure your last on the list of important things to do… maybe it’s time to bump yourself up the list a little 👍🏻 xx

    • #12872
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi there

      thanks for the support I have 12.2 at the moment in my band.

      I do get hungrier in and between meals.

      It just does not feel tight enough this time around. Like last time I think I only went to 11.5 and my band was tight. I’m gonna try again from tomorrow to make a routine. I always struggle on breakfast never find something filling enough

       

      many thanks

       

       

       

    • #12875
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Nish. It just sounds like you might need a little more in the band – as long as you don’t have the red zone symptoms above and your meals are textured. You will get there with it.

      Breakfast beeds to be textured to be filling – egg on toast , bagel , crunchy cereal etc

      Have  a little look through our meal plans in The Kitchen for more ideas xx

    • #12876
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      If you type breakfast into the search bar on the purple menu loads of helpful ideas will come up

    • #12893
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi there

      many thanks I will have a look now xx

    • #13224
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hiya, I was banded 5 weeks ago and am feeling a little flat. I am booked into have my first fill next werk, but at the moment, I feel I could probably eat as I did pre-op. But I certainly haven’t tried to, as I’m not daft and am very frightened of the outcome should I decide to do so.

      I’m not weighing myself anymore for a while but I think I have lost a little weight but I am unsure of the exact weight and my scales are dodgy lol. My starting weight was 14st 10lb.  My portion sizes are small, a side plate size.

      I am experiencing a “twinge” in my stomach, almost like a pulsating feeling. Right from my incision sites through to the top of my pubic bone area…I’m thinking this may be possibly wind, but I am concerned that it’s something to do with band?

      Thanks in advance

      Michelleb

       

    • #13225
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Michelle. Welcome to the site. It’s all new for you right now and normal to feel a bit down.  You have done an amazing thing though – taken control of your weight and found a solution to help. Hopefully soon you will feel excited for the journey ahead and we will help all we can

      As the swelling starts to go down around the band site your apoetite can come back so again it’s normal to be able to manage bigger  portions and feel hungry. You are doing really well if your operations are in a side plate so that’s good –  all positive  steps to you working with the band and reaching your goal weight

      The port has been stitched to the muscle on the abdonal wall so the discomfort is probably down to that. It should settle down fine but   the nurse will have a good feel around  next week at your fill to check everything is ok and put your mind at rest.

      Exciting  times ahead  now – your first fill is the start of your new weight loss journey. It might take a few fills  before your band is optimally adjusted  but each one is a step in the right direction.  Good luck with it. Join us every Friday for our weigh in here and we can see your progress and help keep you going xxx

    • #13242
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi i hope someone can help me! I am now 5 weeks post op! I can eat normally as i did before the pre-op..im really worried as i feel no restriction from the band at all, its like nothing is there i have my first fill next week.

      Thank you! This is really worrying.me!

    • #13243
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Amanda

      Please be reassured, once all the swelling resolves and the band is settled around the top of the stomach most people do not feel anything different, almost like they haven’t even got a band 🤔😣

      The band can take a couple of fills before it starts to have an impact on the portion size and hunger.  Disappointing I know but it really does show that your healing great and ready and raring for your fill next week.

      Just continue to work on your 20+ rule and keeping your meals healthy and textured that way your nurse can assess you and fill accordingly.

      Let us know how you get on, sometimes expectations can be a lot different to the realisation, but keep posting and honestly you will be on your way before you know

      good luck with your adjustment xx

    • #13425
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi I have only just had my surgery (band fitted) so on liquid for 2 weeks can I have Activia yoghurt or is this to thick? Not to sure if it should literally be liquid.

      thanks

    • #13426
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Kerri

      If your provider  allows yoghurts / surgeon  then that’s fine   Make sure normal liquids are absolutely fine first.  They should be smooth yoghurts – no lumps and bumps ( low fat custard consistency is usually fine ) dip in the spoon and only have a small amount at one time xx

    • #13560
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi all

      my name is Jennifer and am new to the forum. I had my band fitted 6 days ago. Just wondering when I can start  exercising

      Thanks

    • #13564
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Jennifer, welcome on board and hope your healing well

      It is encouraged that you keep up and mobile from now, within reason…. but avoid any lifting and carrying for a few weeks at least and no high impact exercise for 6 weeks.   If your doing anything that causes you pain you need to step things down.   Listen to your body, more often this will tell you if your overdoing things too soon

      Well done you for wanting to get focused with your exercise

      Get some nice walks in whilst your in the early stages xx

    • #17135
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi not sure if this where  I post but just after advise I’m 1 week today after band op nut I’m really struggling with wind pain in my shoulder any advise pls x

    • #17139
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Natasha

      The dreaded wind hey…!!!!   I have attached the week 1 link, on this is some hints and tips to help with wind.

      Take the wind preps, keep yourself up and mobile, make sure you are not leaving longer gaps between drinking/eating

      Maybe try some arm windmills too, my patients say this can help… just be careful that your not over stretching

      Hope alls going well and the wind pain moves on quickly..!!!! xx

    • #17148
      Kim.
      Participant

      Hi Natasha, the shoulder pain is terrible. if I eat quickly even now 2 years on I still get a niggle in the shoulder.  I have a warm microwave pad that I heat up and this really helps.  Have no clue why but I honestly tried everything other than swinging from the tree after my surgery.  It gets better honestly, hope you feel better soon xxxxxxxx

    • #17847
      ammi b xx
      Participant

      Hey everyone,

      I had my band surgery on the 16th of December and i just had my 2nd fill last week, im feeling a-bit anxious at the fact im not feeling full and im still eating the same amount of volume i was eating even before the band. Ive only lost 4kg since my surgery and i have 4.5 ml in my band. Any suggestions on what to do or how to feel?

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by ammi b xx.
      • #17849
        Team BandBoozled
        Keymaster

        Hi Nooran, good to hear from you

        It can more often take a few fills before your band can take effect, so its not uncommon to not be feeling a great level of control in the early months…. Frustrating I know, but at least you are 2 fills in now and hopefully the band is now happily primed with 4.5ml in…. so hopefully going forward you may start to see a slight decrease in portions and hunger hopefully.   Keep positive and focuses, good things are happening and again weight loss can be slow, as the early months are healing and priming of your band, no necessarily weight loss (crazy I know, but true unfortunately).  Continue on with your 20+ rule – keep your meals as healthy and textured as possible (to help with any stimulation)  and don’t give up….

        Get your next fill booked in at the soonest and just keep cracking on….. There is a weight loss challenge on the purple scroll down, maybe have a look at this to give you some focus

        Your still 4kg down – which is great (some people put on after surgery)  You got this 🤗xx

    • #17866
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi just posted but don’t think I added topic so not sure how to go back and add.

      • #17872
        Team BandBoozled
        Keymaster

        Hi Kerry I have just replied on the other thread xx

    • #18904
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hello.
      ive had my band done for 9 months now, everything has been fine other than a few times where I have been sick due to putting to much in my mouth or not chewing enough, from Saturday (4 days ago) I have not been able to keep anything down. I have occasionally managed to get water/juice down sometimes I’ve thrown that back up also. I haven’t had a band fill since the 4th February. What should I do? What could be the cause of this…

    • #18905
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hey Molly

      If everything was going ok before all the issues started 4 days ago, it could be just some temporary irritation (the band can tighten for no reason or from a trigger like, heat, hormones, stress, dehydration and many more)   The most important thing is allowing the stomach to settle, rest and let any irritation and swelling go down.   This is impossible to do if you are regurgitating.   So I would say go back to fluids only, sip slowly and small continuously throughout the day to make sure you are getting a good level of hydration.  Try sucking some ice cubes – this can help with irritation.    If these are going down ok – good sign, stay on these for 3 days then try introducing some soft diet – again slowly and steady – using the 20+ rule.    If fluids are problematic, then unfortunately you will prob need to have some fluid out :-(.   this would be a case of call your provider to arrange at the soonest.   Hopefully if fluids are ok… things should settle in time.   If you are having any other symptoms now, reflux, night coughs I would say drop your provider a call anyway to arrange a dietitian assessment.

      Let us know how your getting on and good luck with everything xx

    • #19153
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi,

      my name is Glenys and I’ve just joined up.
      I had a gastric band about 9 years ago. I initially lost weight and then started being very sick. This continued for about 2 years despite trying lots of things. I then had a scan all was ok but I decided to try myself and have liquid taken out. About 4 years later, I  tried again half heartedly and gave up again

      A few years on, now I have decided to get my act together with support from my family ( I tried to go it alone before) I am in a good place, mentally, exercise regularly And feel I need to give it one last go.   I have contacted the clinic but waiting to hear. Before I didn’t join any groups or anything. This group sounds just what I’m looking for.
      I wondered if anyone had a similar experience.
      thank you for reading. Glenys x

      • #19156
        Team BandBoozled
        Keymaster

        HI Glenys

        Good to have you on board and welcome to the site – the main chats are on the FB group which I see you have joined up now.  We look forward to supporting you on your weight loss journey

        Its about getting your band working as it should and you following the guidelines again to get the best from it.  We have seen lots of patients revisit and journeys after a lull and do really well.   So keep positive, keep posting,  work with the basics 20+ rule, small plate, correct portions

        So I’m guessing you contacting the clinic was for a fill maybe..??  are you having any issues with your band..??  regard/reflux etc

        exciting time ahead xx

    • #19211
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi. Thank you. Yes I’m wanting to get it filled again. Although it’s empty I do get sickness and restriction sometimes. I realise there was nothing like this site when I had mine and minimal resources. Last night I read through everything in detail. It really opened my eyes. I feel confident that with this site and the group I could do 3rd time lucky.
      I have even now been open with my friends to let them know and they have said they will support me. Last time I was all alone try8mgbto keep a secret in case I failed. Which I did.

    • #19213
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      You didn’t fail Glenys – this is your time to shine now…!!!  It’s out there, friends know…. it’s not a cheat or a magic wand…. but what it is is a fabulous tool, when worked correctly can really aid weight loss thru smalller portions and decrease in hunger.

      Exciting that your starting a fresh – with a whole new outlook… a positive one…. you have all the help you need this end to assist you and guide you, and with your self help and determination you can do this…

      no pressure, little steps – firstly I wooild say you need to revisit the 20+ rule and master that down to a tee, before any fluid goes in…. then slow steady and managed well fills Wins the race

       

      We are thrilled to hear that you have absorbed all the knowledge on the site – now let’s get this show on the road 👍🏻

       

      keep in touch xx

    • #19419
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi..can you please tell me how i join your Facebook page?

       

      Thank-you so much

       

      Amanda xxx

      • #19426
        Team BandBoozled
        Keymaster

        Hi Amanda

        If you just search BandBoozled Bariatrics and request to join – there is a little question that says let us know the username you use on the site – once the admin have confirmed this they will join you up

        Look forward to you joining the team and the others on the group

        Cheers xx

    • #19664
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi I am 5 weeks post band, when I eat I get really bad pains in my left side, could this be me eating too quick or eating too much.?

    • #19665
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Emma

      welcome to the site

      it could be that. Make sure you eat really slowly – follow the 20+ rule   Then aim to stop eating at 20 mins and throw the rest away.
      If that doesn’t help I would give your provider a call to discuss further.
      keep us posted xx

    • #20370
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi I had my band surgery on the 22/12/21 and I’m currently on liquid diet for 2week, I was wondering if I’m able to have the weetibix on the go drink while on the liquid diet?
      Thank you

    • #20371
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Samantha. Hope you are going ok. The weetabix go drinks are absolutely fine.
      merry Xmas xx

    • #20372
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Thank you, merry Christmas and happy new year xx

    • #20374
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi, I was wondering when I would be able to take a bath? I’ve been taking showers as my discharge paperwork only mentioned showers

      Thank you xx

      • #20375
        Team BandBoozled
        Keymaster

        Hi Samantha

        Once your wounds are smooth and scab free they can be submerged in water.   If done before this stage can lead to infection I’m afraid – so showers till then to be on the safe side we would always advise xx

    • #20376
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Okay no problem

      Thank you xx

    • #20652
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi

      I had my first fill last Thursday – I’m recovering really well I’m already back on normal foods and can pretty much eat without any issues (so far so good! no sickness of food getting stuck)

      Only thing is I feel is a bit odd at the moment. Is I’m managing to eat my normal portions.. for instance today I had a jacket potato with tuna for lunch and tonight I had a low calorie sweet and sour chicken meal from Tesco and I have eaten it all. I must say, I do feel like I am fuller for longer but I’m still eating my ‘normal’ portions.. is this normal after the first fill?

      I have a small 10ml band. My nurse put 3ML in at the clinic and I couldn’t keep water down so I think she took out 1ML, so now down to 2.

    • #20654
      Team BandBoozled
      Keymaster

      Hi Grace

      try not to be too concerned about your portions at this stage.   Likely is you will need several adjustments (4-6) for the band to really start to kick in offering you the portion control and reduced hunger.   For now just work with healthy textures best you can, be adhering to the 20+ rule and drinking plenty of clear fluids.  Good things are happening can just take a little while to kick in.

      Get your second fill in the dairy and keep going lovely. I’m sure you are doing a great job xx

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