Need advice on band failure

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Hey. am natalie and had a gastric band fitted june 15th 2018. every time i have a band fill i only get retriction for 5 days at most then it disappears like ive never had anything done, I have told my surgeon and he tops it up but same thing keeps happening. Ive had TWO Xrays and couldnt see leak but both times on xray the doctor extracted the fluid and there were always lower then what should of been in. first Xray i should have had 8mls in band but 1ml was shown so he topped it to 8mls,on second Xray again should have been 8mls but 6mls was shown. the company i went with dont know what to do with me but its really upsetting me now as ive lost no weight and spent all this money and only have scars to show for

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    I think it is fair to say that restriction is alway greater when a fill has just been done and many experience a far tighter band for the first wk or so till it settles down but if your bariatric team are finding less in your band than there is supposed to be after such a short time then it must be seeping out somewhere and depends on what your aftercare package includes and for long as to what they should be doing for you - can understand your upset if you have not managed to lose any wgt in almost 18 mths - be persistent and do not be fobbed off

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    gastric bands don't work, look into gastric sleeve surgery

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      that is a huge generalisation, unhelpful and very untrue - maybe you have had a band and it didnt work for you - maybe you know somebody whose band failed them - but to declare that gastric bands do not work and advise somebody to consider sleeve surgery is bad advice cos every type of wgt loss surgery has has success and failure stories and opting for a revision to another type of wgt loss surgery is not always an option for many people whether they self fund or go via the NHS -

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