Originally Posted by WASa
Least invasive does not mean safer long term. The safest surgery type is a sleeve long term and the weight loss is far superior.
Reversible... I've never been on a diet that I wanted to be sure I could regain all my excess weight.
Actually with bands it doesn't all even out at 2-3 years post op. Not if you are referring to weight loss. Bypass has much better long term stats regarding weight loss. Banding provides the least weight loss and highest regain.
Just a ditto to the last paragraph. I was just recently give the latest stats through my program and the band has the weakest long term results. And substantially weaker. On thing to consider for any one considering this is where you are starting from In terms of surgery, the band can be the easiest is someone is extremely overweight. So it can be a good starting point to get the first 100 pounds or more off. But if you have more you need to lose it's rare that it will take you to the finish line.
And one more note, I live in a fairly large city where there are probably 8 places who do WLS. Two of them have discontinued offering the band in the past year. Remember, it's covered by insurance so knowing they could get paid for it, they trimmed it from their offering. I think that says a lot.