I just went for my consult today for the lap-band and I was very excited, until I came here to this board and read up on posts about it. I can't believe the negativity towards it. And saying 'I'm not putting the band down-but' or 'I know it works for some people-but' before talking badly about it doesn't help encourage people who are getting this surgery in hopes of changing their lives.
The lap-band does work, if you work with it.
And just a little encouragement for those of you considering lapband, everyone that I know that's had the band has been successful.
However, if you don't follow up when you're supposed to, you wont be successful because the band needs adjustments. As you lose weight, the fat that the band is around gets smaller, therefore needing a fill so that you continue to feel full. The band doesn't just go around your stomach, there is a layer of fat on your stomach and the band goes around that. Of course if you don't go for fills and you lose weight, the band will be able to move and you will have trouble with feeling hungry.
I personally picked lap-band because I'm not heavy enough to get gastric bypass, and frankly, the risks associated with it weren't worth it to me.
GOOD LUCK TO THOSE CONSIDERING, GETTING, OR WHO ALREADY HAVE THE LAP-BAND!