I had my band for 7 years , so in my opinion I gave it one hell of a try. Had surgery at Stanford with poor after care.
4 years out I changed doc ( thank God) I really didn't have to many problems with my band but my esophagus burned/stung all the time , even with water, my esophagus became part of my stomach and would hold food and that was very painful until it went into the top part of the band, I would be fine for about 10 mins them when the food went through the stoma ( opening to the larger part of the stomach, it would hurt,hurt,hurt till it went through.
I lost 52 lbs the first year with no restriction ( so i was on my own) the second year I lost about 25-30 ish then started gaining no matter what I did, then I just gave up...you CAN'T diet forever and keep your weight off. I got the band after loosing 160 lbs on a liquid diet and after about 4 years of keeping it off i started gaining.
I was converted to RNY a little less than 3 month ago and I have no pain when I eat, and I have the NORMAL feeling of full/satisfied instead of the un natural feeling of full with the band.
I know the band works for some people but in all good conscience I could not recommend it to anyone, unless they had very little weight to loose.
My NEW doc is taking out more bands than he is putting in. If you are looking for restriction only , meaning you won't go gung ho over sugar the sleeve may be good for you , you would have automatic restriction instead of waiting months or up to a year to have restriction, if you want the added help of malabsorbtion you may want to do RNY, I am very happy I did RNY....will I gain my weight back?? I don't know, anyone can eat around any of the surgeries.
Best wishes in whatever you choose
Donna Q. --5'8" -59 years old
hw320 sw276 lw with band 195 gw 160-180?
pre sw 258 sw 244 cw 165