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"failed lap banding operation and after treatment"

About: Austin Hospital

(as the patient),

A few years ago I underwent stomach banding at Austin Hospital Heidelberg. Two years later, after not losing weight, but starting to gain, I got into see the surgeon, and asked if I could have some x-ray or something to determine why. I had a barrium x-ray and while I was having it the x-ray tech asked why I was there. I said "to see if my band was working properly" he seemed to replied - it's not even done up! So the next week I went back and saw the surgeon and told him what the x-ray guy had said and I remembering him saying to me - of course it's done up, it's just in the wrong place.

It seems it had been put at the oesophageal junction instead of around the stomach!

Since then I have been fighting to have my lap band removed (I believe it has adhered to connecting tissue of course), and the proper procedure done. I've had more pre op tests, filled out 2 lots of pre op papers, got 2 pre surgery consult dates, and 2 actual surgery dates and I'm still absolutely no where. The trouble is of course, how do you trust a group of people who've done so badly by you in the first place?

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