I had my lap band surgery in January 2014 and I have lost maybe 10lbs.. I had my last fill about 4-5 months ago and now I cannot keep anything down, everything I eat comes up. Despite all my discomfort and my suffering I still am not losing weight. I cannot eat without running to the restroom straight after. Nevertheless, I am not losing any weight. It looks like I am putting weight on. Since I am hungry when it comes up and I want to eat again. What is wrong - I am so frustrated and understand that I am making wrong food choices but when I try to eat anything that is healthy like a salad or fish i throw it up.. I am disgusted and frustrated..
For starters you need a partial unfill so you can eat healthy foods. You are way too tight. Anytime you vomit you need to go on strictly liquids for 24 -49 hrs to let your stomach rest and let the inflammation go down. This is very common once you have had the band for a year or so it starts getting tighter because scar tissue starts building up between the band and the stomach. This will just continue as long as you have the band. It sounds like yours stated after your last fill so youy should have gone back and gotten a tiny unfill as soon as you noticed you were having trouble but you can still do that and it should solve the problem for now but eventually nearly everyone I know ended up having to get their bands removed. Something you should think about while you have the time to make a plan B for when it needs to come out.
I know I'm preaching to the choir, and know reverse-splits are not usually viewed as favorable, but that's not always the case. Investors want to know is it more of the same, or is there actual change on the horizon. Here is a small list of things I think, can, or will be viewed as favorable.
1. ETRM will now have funding through 2017
2. ETRM understood they needed to place a new face on the company
3. ETRM has hired great advisers in the space.
4. ETRM has an FDA/EU/AUS approved product
5. ETRM is making head way on the reimbursement side. CMS coverage starting Jan 1 for eligible patients.
6. Advertising is picking creating interest
7. Success stories emerging from recently implanted vbloc patients.
8. ETRM has several promising catalyst
Hope everyone had a GREAT Thanksgiving!
Speaking of Howard, I THINK we have yet to see the biggest transformation yet. I stumbled onto what I think is a recent picture (within the last month or so) of a commercial vbloc patient. The more I look into it appears the same set-up is being made for her to tell her story. She seems like she is into the social scene and her husband is a chef. She is a younger patient too.
And the lies continue.
vBloc also demonstrated 28% EWL, a 3.7% SAE rate,and unlike vBloc the balloon is a quick fix.
vBloc is a long-term solution that can be adjusted or simply shut off when it's no longer needed. But if you need it sometime down the road it is simply reactivated on.
Of course there is no coverage yet. Patients do not become eligible until Jan 1, but you already knew that.
Dem hit the nail on the head about ooz22
But again Duex, I have no knowledge of anyone investing here based "exclusively" on what I have posted. Maybe it's yourself you are referring too, is that it? You are the only one who has made that assumption several times now. If you;re speaking for yourself I would suggest not to listen to anyone on these boards without doing your own research. My post your post, it's up to each individual to verify and make their OWN decisions based off of their own DD. I have done my DD and am convinced they can turn this ship around, but that's just me tho!
Nope, don't care. I do read what they post but ignore them for the most part. But that ooz22 and his multiple alias is a different story. I only correspond with him because unlike most of the bashers he is in the know, or at least somewhat. I just think it's odd that he is not long, not short, not even trading the stock, yet wants to sit around here day after day serenading us with his half truth BS novels. He try's to tell everyone how little research or time he puts into his post. THAT IS A JOKE! The dude has issues, I think he's still mad the FDA approved the device. Maybe he was short FDA decision and sold the quick pop, now kicking himself in the #$%$ who knows.
Howard is just starting his weight loss journey but is feeling great and already lost 25 pounds in just 16 weeks! Hear from Howard himself in this 8 minute video.
"Like so many longs posting here, you have little understanding of the science, the regulatory process, or even what's going on here in general."
Sure I do, the science is self explanatory, the regulatory process is a nightmare for sure, but that goes with anything. I will admit I had no idea about the verification process (VAC) and length of time it took before my initial investment. But all that is really about nothing if you are long.
I know the neuromodulation market is estimated to be more than $2 billion this year and to be more than $3 billion by the end of the decade. And I also know vagus nerve stimulation is the second fastest growing segment in neuromodulation behind spinal cord stimulation.
"34 centers, 43 doctors recruited so far -- targets being missed??"
I'll give you credit for the centers needing to get through the VAC process if that's what you where really meaning, but that's not how your post came across. Even so you're still wrong. There where more than 43 doctors recruited. "As of August 6, 2015, 77 surgeons have been trained in implanting and administering Vbloc Therapy"
"10%+ serious-adverse-event rate, company has no advertising wherewithal to get patients in here."
Vbloc is the safest implanted device for weight loss with 3.7% related device serious adverse events rate. VblocDOTcom for reference.
"Insurers nowhere in sight"
Looks to be in sight to me effective on January 1, 2016. CMS has designated the vBloc CPT codes as eligible for payment as an outpatient procedure and assigned Vbloc to the same outpatient facility payment category as other neuromodulation devices at approximately $27,000.
So the device and procedure are "eligible" for payment. What we don't know is what does eligible mean. One can only assume it is what the FDA has outlined.
You make a lot of assumptions as where I focus on what the company and experts in the field has to say.
The goal was training 20-25 vBloc Therapy centers and surgeons by the end of 2015, so they blew those numbers away!
Your nose just grew another inch
Yeah, I have some input, you are still lying.
As of August 6, 2015, 51 centers have been certified and 77 surgeons have been trained in implanting and administering vBloc Therapy.
I think I'll start calling you Pinocchio
On November 16, 2015, the Company received a letter from the Listing Qualifications Staff (the “Staff”) of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) stating that Company was again in compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(b) (the “Rule”), based on the Company’s Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2015, which reported stockholders’ equity of $7.7 million. The letter further stated that this matter is now closed.
The Company had received a noncompliance notice from the Staff on September 10, 2015, which stated that
the Company had failed to maintain a minimum market value of listed securities of $35 million over the previous 30 consecutive business days as required by the Rule. At that time, the Staff had also noted that the Company did not meet the Rule’s alternative standards for compliance, such as having stockholders’ equity of at least $2.5 million. As previously disclosed, the Company remains out of compliance with the $1.00 Minimum Bid Price requirement set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2) (the “Minimum Bid Price Rule”). The Company has proposed implementing a reverse stock split of its common stock in order to regain compliance with the Minimum Bid Price Rule, and has announced that it intends to hold a special meeting of its stockholders in order to obtain approval from its stockholders for the reverse stock split
Not really, It is well known " you must have failed at least one supervised weight management program within the past five years." That goes with any procedure. You can bet if someone is considering surgery they have been this route.
So let me ask you, why where you lying?
"As per both he FDA's regulatory process and the CMS' coverage guidelines, vBloc is for weight reduction/morbid obesity"
FDA, "The Maestro Rechargeable System is intended for people who are at least 18 years old and are obese, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 to 45 or with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and one or more obesity-related health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol."
"Just got off the phone with three different CMMS agents and all agreed there is no current national OR local coverage for vagal nerve stimulation for morbid obesity"
That's because as far as I know NO ONE covers obesity alone. What is covered is obesity with one or more comorbidities.
Your link is dated 2013, and you cleverly made sure you said "most recent posting" coverage doesn't start until Jan 1.
Has ETRM been mismanaged since getting FDA approval, yes, but do you really believe they are lying? Read the press release again. They wouldn't make such a claim if where untrue, it would be suicide or jail time them.
" Effective on January 1, 2016. CMS has designated the vBloc CPT codes as eligible for payment as an "Outpatient" procedure and assigned vBloc to the same outpatient facility payment category as other neuromodulation devices at approximately $27,000. This determination, which covers the facility expenses and device costs, reflects CMS's recognition of the unique mechanism of action of vBloc as separate and distinct from other bariatric surgeries and is a critical step toward the final goal of obtaining coverage."
Really there are only two questions on this subject, which I believe are answered. What, and who does it cover. The what does it cover is "covers the facility expenses and device costs up to $27,000" The who, I think we have a good idea based on what the FDA said.
"The Maestro Rechargeable System is intended for people who are at least 18 years old and are obese, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 to 45 or with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and one or more obesity-related health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol."
FDA Approved the device dude, get over it!