Welcome to the board! Sorry I don't have any info about stapling, but didn't want you to think you were being ignored. Have you tried good old fashioned nutrition & exercise? Just wondering. Anyway, stick around & you'll find lots of helpful info & support here. Good luck!
"If there are no [mastiffs] in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."
A friend of mine had gastric bypass a couple years ago... yes, it is a very dangerous surgery (I think they offer a laporoscopic version now, but still dangerous...) Her scar was pretty big... but she came through it okay, it was a struggle for her to get use to the new eating habits... you truly cannot eat very much at all, I don't know how people do it!! Her biggest problem was that she lost alot of weight but her skin then sagged horribly... she was very young and ended up having to have skin excissions and a tummy tuck, so yet more surgery. I know that between all of her surgeries, it cost her upwards of $15K, not sure what insurance covered, etc. She lost 120 lbs. Good luck to you!
My sister who has fought morbid obesity all of her life had the surgery in the mid 80's. She lost her weight. However, she did not maintain it. Eventually her stomach stretched, she did not eat healthily and she is now 5'4 and is back up to about 260 pounds. I also saw an interview with Carney Wilson recently. She had a bypass (i believe) surgery a couple of years ago. She looks wonderful, but she says she is always craving food. I wish you the best in whatever decision you make.