Like you, I was 100% sure I was getting the band. But I always had the nagging thought, "What if it doesn't work for me. What if I'm one of the people who never gets good restriction, is always hungry and stalls with very little weight off". After visiting the band forum every day for two months, the band just seemed like too much of a crap shoot to me. It seems like people did very well...unless they didn't! The VSG, on the other hand, seems like a sure thing for weight loss. Plus, it has none of the annoying little side effects that one sees with the band, like getting "stuck" or sliming. When I was set on the band, these side effects were not "deal breakers" for me, but once I decided on the VSG, I was glad I wouldn't have to worry about them. You can get the "foamies" with the VSG, which I guess is similar to sliming, though.
Also, once your stomach heals from VSG surgery, that's it. No slips, no erosion, no flipped ports and no fills. After visiting this website, i see that slips and erosion are much more common than the literature would lead you to believe. I thought with the new, improved bands that these things didn't happen anymore or were very rare, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
The band seems like it would be a lot of worry. I didn't want to worry that my band slipped every time I had a pain in my stomach.
As for the VSG, when I first read about it, I was horrified. Here were these people saying the didn't want a foreign object in their body (the band), but were willing to have most of their stomachs amputated and then lines of staples *** foreign objects) in what remained! WTH???
But, as I read about everyone's experience with the VSG, it is a simple surgery and very low maintenace afterwards. A multivitamin, B-12 and some calcium supplements as opposed to fills that may or may not work, IF the dr. could find your port without sticking you over and over.
I also wasn't sure that I could follow the band diet for the rest of my life. The thought of living on small amounts of protein to keep the pouch full was just not appealing. I could probably do it for awhile, but knowing I could eat around the band by eating shakes and slider foods led me to believe that I would soon "fall off the wagon". There is no eating around the sleeve. You are supposed to eat a similar diet to the band diet, but if you do go off, you can only eat a small qty. and you will be full. You cannot get large amounts of bad food in like with the band.
Finally, the weight loss seems to be similar to the RNY and stats show the percentage of weight kept off at 3 years to be a little less than the RNY and better than the band.
So, that's why I chose the VSG over the band.
Good luck with whatever you choose. Everyone has different reasons for choosing the WLS that is right for them.
20.5 lost pre-op. highest/pre-op/current/goal 283/262.5/151.5/155