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I had my band fitted October privately last year, had no problems up until now.
Had my band filled last month as normal. When I got home I had made chicken in a sauce for dinner. After a mouthful of the sauce which was very smooth, it would get stuck and I would bring it back up. I had some water later that night and after a sip the same happened. I went to bed and forgot about it in the morning and had some water, the same thing happened!
I spoke to my consultant and he said if I could get to a particular NHS hospital which was almost 2 hours away, he would ask his colleague he works with on the NHS to remove a little fluid and all would be fine.
I turned up to the hospital and saw a man, I could tell he wasn't sure what he was doing as he tried to fill my band while I was sitting upright!!
After a few 'stabs!' I told him that I usually lie flat and have to raise my legs to make the port Pop to the surface with the muscle, he tried this but was trying to do this in the wrong place. After non stop of the above, an ultrasound was used and he carried on in the wrong place. He reverted to calling the consultant out on his day off, who came along after an hour or so and got it first time and the fluid was removed, secretly looking horrified at the visible attempts across my stomach!!
I then went back to see the consultants colleague who usually does my band fills, 4 days after this happened to have more liquid put back in, he could see the obvious bruises near my largest scar and commented that there was no way he would of found it there!
I went for my usual 4 week fill today with the usual man, he asked how everything was and I told him that I had no restriction and told him that something wasn't right and it felt strange where the larger scar was.
He then wanted to see how much fluid was in the band to check his suspicions, there should of been 5.5ml in and there was just under 2.
The man that couldn't find the port had only punctured through the tube that connects the port to the band!!!!!
Now got to have another operation to repair this!!!
Any advice? I think compensation may be due! I'm so upset as I really struggle with general anaesthetics and more time off work isn't good timing!!
Has anyone else had a leaking band?! X
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