Weight Loss Surgery – LapBand Living 101: STUCK!

Welcome to the wonderful world of lapband life. :-)

I had weight loss surgery, and having had the lapband 2 1/2 years I am very familiar with being “stuck”. It can happen at any time, for any reason. I have eaten dense protein like chicken or steak and it went down just fine. then later that day I have attempted to eat Greek yogurt and it doesn’t want to go down. With the Lap-Band, restriction can vary from day to day, moment to moment. That is why I call my band a psycho band, lol.

  • What I usually do when I am stuck is to take some Papaya Extract. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Coke is another option. Although carbonated beverages are generally frowned upon with most weight loss surgeries, this is an exception. The acid in it can break down the protein. It’s usually going to go down…….or come back up. Either way, it’s a plus. Staying stuck is not a good thing!

  • Fluids in general can sometimes dilute it and push it on down. Since I am now used to following the “band rules” and not drinking with meals or for 30 minutes after, I wouldn’t do this initially because I thought I needed to wait 30 minutes after it finally went down to drink. Don’t hesitate though, if you’ve been stuck for more than a few minutes, take a drink. It may help.

Last night I was stuck and I received a few suggestions while on the Facebook Weight Loss Surgery Revision Group that I  had not heard before to deal with this, so I thought I would share.


  • “It always helped me to walk around with my hands in the air… When your stuck you’ll try anything.”

  • “Hands up, head back, and jump around for a bit, hitting the ground hard. My family would laugh like hell but it was the only thing that worked. “

  • “ALWAYS keep those individual size cans of pineapple juice on hand. It’s only supposed to work with chicken but it worked for most foods when I was banded. It dissolves what is stuck. You wait until you vomit and the liquids are out of your stomach then you sip on the pineapple juice. OMG, why do I know this one so well!

Now one sad comment that i heard was this:


“It’s funny whenever I’d get my stuck look, my husband would automatically say ” arms up!” even our family goes through band hell”


My family knows that “stuck look” as well. And it saddens me that as much as I have gone through with my failed band, my family goes through this as well. I hate it when I ruin a nice dinner out with family or friends because after having no band issues all day, it will hit all of a sudden and then I can’t eat, or something gets stuck. As bad as this is though, I am grateful that I have not had some of the more painful band complications that so many other bandsters have had!

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56 Responses to Weight Loss Surgery – LapBand Living 101: STUCK!

  1. Mac says:

    Yes most of the peoples don’t want weight loss surgery for these reasons.
    But what is the alternate?


  2. Krizza says:

    If you are not insured or your carrier will not pay for weight loss surgery, you will need to finance the entire amount..

  3. lolli says:

    Hi Fluffy! Sounds like you finally found your restriction since you’re posting about being stuck. Glad to hear it. Are you keeping your band or still moving towards VSG?

  4. Perry says:

    Sounds like you finally found your restriction since you’re posting about being stuck.Yes most of the peoples don’t want weight loss surgery for these reasons

  5. Ella says:

    It was an informative post. Thanks for letting me visit your site and I’ve learned a lot. Looking forward for more knowledge.

  6. Sara says:

    hey thanks a lot for this informative blog .. it was helpful …

  7. Penny says:

    Nice blog .. Pretty informative i should say ..

    thanks for sharing this …

  8. Nancy says:

    I think you have done a great work… as this is a new concept to me….

  9. Emily Woodhouse says:

    Thanks for informing about weight loss surgery. I want to have one. Is there any difficulty you have experienced as the aftermath of that surgery? I’m tensed.

  10. Claudia says:

    Nice suggestive writing there. I just had a weight loss surgery. I will follow the tips. Thanks again.

  11. Grace Que says:

    Nice helpful information you got! I am planning to have weight loss surgery too.. This is such a helpful article… Thanks for sharing, Looking forward for more knowledgeable article from you! 😀

  12. Linda says:

    I strongly recommend drinking liquids when your stuck. But what is the most effective and easy way for it? Anyway, thanks for sharing this info!


  13. Teresa F says:

    Oh boy do I know that feeling. Not a good one. But that’s what happens when I don’t slow down and chew chew chew my food. IT is a horrible feeling. I also learned the hard way to never ever eat while driving!! OMG pulling over could not be soon enough!! We drove to Disney….long drive. I did snack on the way but I carried a bag in case of emergency. I did not need to use it. I packed snacks that would not get stuck. The good thing is that even Disneyland let us take snacks in.

  14. Kim says:

    I enjoyed the article. I am all to familiar with the”I’m stuck” face, and so is my family. It makes me giggle to hear it called that but it is not funny at all when it happens. :)

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