so – here’s a little more on what happened. back in January I was at the sundance film festival for work. and something got stuck. really stuck. to the point that i couldn’t even swallow my own spit. but i was at sundance. and there aren’t any band doctors in park city. so i was miserable. and i pushed it. and it was bad. so when i got back they tried to take out all of the fluid to see if the pouch (which should have been the size of a walnut but was now the size of a tangerine) would go back to normal….but it didn’t. he said it was lap-band dilation (continually overstretch your pouch by overeating, eating too fast, taking bites that are too big etc), you can cause your pouch to dilate or stretch out.) and my lapband was not the same. i did not have the same restriction. i could eat just about anything no matter how tight it my band was. so i waited – hoping it would go back. and waited. and ate. and waited. and ate. and gained. so then talked to the doctor again and decided to have him go “in” and move the band up a bit to make it the size of a walnut again. however, this would cost $12k. now – fortunately, my insurance should cover it this time – but as you all know, insurance takes a while. so i had to wait several months to get insurance approval. once it was approved, i had to wait to get a surgery date. all the while, gaining more weight….so here i am – at 178 lbs. when 6 months ago i was at 122. a size 4 to a current size 14. surgery was 2 days ago. they replaced the band b/c i thought as long as they are in there, why the heck not! but – now i have to go through the whole liquid/mushy stages again and wait a month for my first fill, etc. lesson learned – follow the rules. on a side note, my husband got his lap-band in march and has lost 40 lbs and is doing great. hope everyone is doing great. anyone else had this happen?