it's probably longer and more expensive to remove than it was to get it put in! My late wife had one of those - I believe that it was partly responsible for her eventual intestinal cancer 15 years later. She never lost any weight with it either, and she hardly ever ate anything at all, also puked frequently - get rid of it while you can! just be happy with yourself, no matter how big you are!
I am very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on having the lap band removed. I am 59 years old and know that my insurance will cover the removal cost. I appreciate your input because I have to make a decision by this Friday.
im in australia, and for me, it was the surgeon and anaesthist and i only had to pay the gap of $670 for the doc, but still waiting for the anaesthist, but it should be cheaper beacuse they are taking out the band, or as my health fund labeled it as a prothesis which cost $6000 and got that for free, so way more expensive to get it put in!!!!!!!!!
i had mine taken out 2 and a half weeks ago for vomiting and constant pain even with the cuff , its all gone good, but the site were the port is removed left a dint and so it didnt close over and im still off work cos as an ICU nurse i would be bug heaven!!! and having daily dressings to encourage it come together normally, as oppised to going in scrapping and suturing or stiching, which i would prefer!!!!!! cos he said it would be a bigger scar!! you can imagine how well that will improve my self confidence!!!