I've only been to the surgeon's seminar and my appointment is next week for my evaluation. I do have a few questions, and I was hoping that some of you that have the lap band might be able to help me this big issue I'm worried about.
I understand the pouch, the stoma, and the large stomach area. I don't understand how one feels full, with the larger stomach empty and with small amounts of food slowly going from the pouch to the stomach. Is it the feeling of restriction that you have which causes pain if you overeat that makes you stop eating, or are you actually satisfied with the small amount of food you can eat with the correct restriction of the band? After having the proper breakfast, for instance, are you ravenous by lunch, or does the filled pouch really give the feeling of fullness to your brain? I'm not looking for a quick fix to emotional eating, I'm really asking about the actual biology of full vs. yikes I can't eat or I'll have a pb/slime (i.e. the Pavlov's dog theory of learning).
My worry is that I'm not a big eater at any one time now, but I get hungry soon after eating, and then I eat JUNK. I also choose the faster easier calorie laden food over a good apple, banana, etc. I grazed my way to obesity a brownie, cookie, donut, bag of chips, etc at a time.
I'm not worried that I will eat the junk food after banding if I'm satisfied with the restricted amount of food that I can safely eat. I've read many lap band stories from people who say they previously ate vast amounts of food at one setting, and they've successfully lost weight with the band, but that's not my eating issue.
I have the willpower to change those grazing habits, and if I have a way to combat those hunger issues, I can do it. I have a lot of confidence in that, but my worry is that the band isn't a hunger suppressant, partially because the first seminar I attended, the surgeon was really negative about lap band and in favor of gastric bypass. The hunger issue after lap band was one of his main complaints, where as the gastric bypass destroys the production of the hunger hormone. (I'm not going to consider gastric bypass though).
I'd really appreciate if you could explain how this all works. Also, if any of you had my eating pattern, and were successful with the lap band, I'd love to hear from you.