Do yourself a favor....do not get the lapband! Take it from someone who has had it for 5.5 years. You are lucky you lost! You are a sleever...really look into the DS for revision...not the lapband. I am waiting ever so patiently for my referral to call so I can get this thing out of me ad revision to the DS....I also felt like you....except I didn't want them cutting me at all....thats why I went for the lapband. Now, 16 lbs down and a morbidly obese self bulemic (the band has made me this way) I would do ANYTHING to have it out. Even if I was not looking into revisioning I would be wanting this thing out anyways. Your sleeve is the first part of the DS....keep your chin up girl....just do your research.