Pam, So sorry you had your band removed. It looks like you worked very hard to get to goal. I am sure you will maintain your goal.
I have several friends that had surgery with Dr Simon. They are in dark about his sudden leave. Dr Schlesinger is my surgeon and I was in 3 weeks ago I asked about it and was told he had taken a "personal" leave. One patient waiting was upset and told us that Dr Simon screwed her up and then left town. She did not know why. Her brother was going on and on about him. It made us uncomfortable. She said that Dr Schlesinger is taking care of her and she is better. I got the feeling he is not coming back, could be he is relocating. Some one posted that he had several lawsuits.
Focus on staying healthy. I am sure Dr Simon will resurface soon.