A "newbie" board would be kind of pointless---you need to be talking with people who've been living with their WLS for at least three years. (That's about the point where people have enough experience to really know the good, the bad, and the ugly. *grin*)
You need to research the Big Four forms of WLS. I mean, you need to knwo them inside out, upside down, and backwards, because only then can you make an intelligent, informed decision about which form if right for YOU. Then and only then should you choose a surgeon, based on his or her experience and skill in performing the procedure YOU what.
The surgeon you have listed does NOT offer all of the Big Four. You owe it to yourself to go to a seminar given by a surgeon who does.
Do NOT let any doctor or insurance company decide for you which procedure to have. They don't have to live with the consequences of that decision---you do. Visit the Revision board so you can see firsthand what happens when someone has the wrong procedure for them.