Yup, my band is blocked. Here's what I learned today:
- My LapBand is entirely too tight. In fact, we couldn't even get the barium to pass through the band and into my stomach (you know, the way liquids are SUPPOSED to work - no wonder I couldn't get food down!) until he stuck a needle in me and removed some of the saline in my LapBand.
- The stoma (opening to my stomach via the LapBand) is blocked with undigested food. Why? Because my LapBand is too tight, every time I eat I'm continuing to add to the blockage that slowly drains into my stomach. The food never has enough time/space to fully process through the band, leaving a constant blockage.
- The pouch above the LapBand which I normally fill with food has grown to at least four times the size it's supposed to be - pouch dilation. That happened because my band was too tight and the food had nowhere else to go...the result was either throwing up (which I did quite a bit) or stretch out the pouch to attempt to hold the food until it can pass through the band (difficult when it's blocked) for future digestion.
- The pouch has grown so big, and so accustomed to holding onto food for hours before releasing it back up my esophagus, that it's actually pushed my LapBand DOWN...the doctor doesn't think it's permanently slipped (requiring another surgery to fix), but hopes that by draining all of the fluid today and putting me on a strictly liquid diet for the next two weeks (yay...), the pouch will shrink back to the size it's supposed to be and my LapBand will find itself back in it's original position. He says that 99.9% of the time, this plan works to shrink the pouch and resituate the band. I hope I'm in that percentage!!! I'm really not looking forward to another surgery!!
- I've been having issues eating food and then throwing up (actually "productive burping") 3-5 hours after eating because my huge ass pouch and esophagus have learned to hold on to food. Nice.
- I only had 3.6cc in my band - are you freaking kidding me?!? My previous doctor swore I was up to 9.5cc. What a jerk. He also swore that I wasn't too tight - it was just me not eating properly (small bites, chewing thoroughly, eating slowly, etc.). HEY ASSHOLE - if liquid barium can't even pass through the freakin' LapBand, I'm too freakin' tight! Can I sue for malpractice? I've been dealing with this ass clown since November of 2010 doubting my experience as a patient.