I am 2 1/2 years out and I can tell you I don't regret my DS for a minute! In fact my only regret is that I didn't do it sooner. My greatest fear was to go through surgery only to gain it all back, as I have seen so many before me. I know myself and that would be me. I had already endured an failed Lap (or should I say Crap) Band, so I was really worried.
Fast forward 2 1/2 years... The recovery SUCKED!!! I had an open procedure and it took me a good 5 weeks to really start feeling like myself again, but it was so worth it! I lost almost 100 lbs in less than a year, and have kept it off. After the initial weight-loss phase its not uncommon to gain some back, but I only gained about 7 lbs and have stayed steady at 147 for over a year! When I'm hungry, I eat. No need to count calories, or fat grams I can have a snack when ever I want.
Of course there are a few rules... Protein, protein, protein! I eat at least 100mgs a day, which sounds like a lot, but when you get into the swing of things its really not. Everyone is different and can tolerate different foods so it may take a few months to see what bothers you and what doesn't (usually you can tolerate more as you go along.) I can not eat flour of any kind. So no bread for me, and that's tough! No pasta, etc. I can eat potatoes and rice in small quantities, but I try and stay away from the starch, that keeps my weight down, although I do love oreos and wind up eating them more than I should, and it does give me gas, but hey, ya gotta live.
OK Diabetes... I also had type 2 preop. My A1C was 9, now it's 4! It also cleared up my high blood pressure, sleep apnea and high cholesterol. This surgery saved my life. Yes, there are limitations and nothing in life is perfect, but like I said I would do it again, only this time sooner!
Good luck to you, PM me if you have any other questions and I'll try and answer them for you.
Nothing will change if you don't have the courage to change it!
And stop calling me "Shirley!"