There are tons of people that have lost over 100 pounds with the lap band, it requires you to follow rules, walk or exercise at least 5 days per week and follow up with your surgeon for needed fills/unfills and general aftercare. Those who don't don't lose weight, it's just that simple...same requirements with the VSG...but you get to keep your stomach.
I lost 130 and never had any real complications -- I am still happy with my same band going on 7 years, it was not difficult for me, I got my fills, took my daily walks and never really dieted, I just made sure I eat healthy most of the time with a focus on proteins.
I gave you a document that explains how the band works PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY AND DON'T FOCUS ON HOW MUCH WEIGHT SOMEONE ELSE HAS/HAS NOT LOST YOUR EXPERIENCE WILL GREAT DEPEND ON YOUR COMMITMENT OF FOLLOWING RULES...MOST IMPORTANTLY make sure you ask your surgeon how many revision patients he/she has ..if the number is greater than 5 you need to search for a new lap band surgeon ideally center of excellence.
You wrote “… There are tons of people …. “
TONS!!!!!! REALLY ?!?!?!? TONS!!!! .. Are you saying I was a TON ?!?!?!??!! … .Now I am offended !!!!!!
I hope you know I am joking !!!!!!
The band WILL NEVER 'WEAR OUT" even if erodes into the stomach...when surgeons pull the band out it is always firmly intact... but if someone keeps their bands so tight that puts a choke hold on the esophagus ..the esophagus may wear out though....