Hi, I have had the lap-band since May, 2006. Loss of 96lbs (along with 2 babies) In Sept, 2011 I went in for a fill because I could tell I didn't have enough restriction. I discovered the band had a hole in it somewhere. It wasn't slipped or eroded, it plain has a whole. Now, I am having trouble getting a surgeon to remove it. Every one says they "wont touch someone else's band". So if you plan on moving, that is something to consider. I moved from MN to Oregon. My MN surgeon has retired. I am now under Kaiser Insurance and they are willing to remove it and I will do a gastric bypass as a replacement. I am now up 40lbs since 9/2011. NOT HAPPY at all about it.
Just my 2cents...they don't last forever! If someone had told me this could happen in 6 years I would have never done it.
You guys are absolutely the best! I am glad they told me about this website too!! It seems that there is really good support here and people really care! I know this is something I need to do to maintain LONGTERM weight loss. I have done it too many times on my own only to gain it back and FAIL again!!! Thanks for the advice and the support! Good luck to the rest of you in your weight loss journeys! Keep up the good work! Looks like you guys are all doing great!!!!