I'm sorry I haven't kept up on my blog. Here's an update of what has happened since my LBL at Cosmed in October 2008 and my last entry in January 2009. I have pretty much stayed the same weight. I have my band adjusted for maintaining my weight. I haven't lost any weight since I had my LBL, but maybe I'm 10 pounds heavier. My weight goes with the season here in the Midwest. When I'm exercising, my weight goes down, when winter hits, I gain some. OK, now to the LBL. As I was saying in previous entries, LBL plastic surgery is major surgery. It takes a long time to recover from this, I know some that have recovered faster, maybe its my age (56) I don't know. In August and in December of 2009, I had to go back to Cosmed and have Dr. Quiroz fix a couple spots where some of the internal sutures were trying to migrate out. I took him about 15 minutes each time to fix, but this is a side effect that happens sometime. As of today, I still have nerve issues that I think will never get better or it's the best its going to get. I'm still numb or tinglely on the top of both hips, the top butt area and the top front of my legs. I mean it got better as time went by,, but, I think it will never go back to the way it was before. I'm also numb where the incision goes around me. I have phantom aches and pains I never had before, I just learn to blow it off and the next thing I know the slight pain is gone. I think its due to the nerve damage that comes along with cutting you in half and the Lipo they do along with the LBL. I think it's something I'll have to learn to live with. I'm I glad I had the LBL? Would I do it again? Probably,, I'm glad that I don't have that big hanging apron anymore. My sex life is alot better since I don't have all that loose fat, in the way, hanging and slapping around. LOL. My clothes fit better. When I look at myself in the mirror, I look better to myself, which is a self image issue. The nerve damage is something I didn't anticipate, but that was a risk I took and have to live with. So, If your thinking about having a LBL, just remember, not everyone has the same side effects/complications and post-op issues. If your going to do it, do it for your own reasons and remember it is MAJOR SURGERY!