I am an MGB patient, having had surgery almost 3 years ago. After having lost over 200 pounds with very few problems, I am truly satisfied with my decision.
I did a lot of research before making my decision. I saw a doctor who does the "open" surgery first, and quickly decided this was not for me! I researched the RNY, and was even on a waiting list for Emory Hospital's program. I just happened across the CLOS.net website, and the more I read, the more I knew this was the surgery for me! The statistics relating the lower death rate, shorter surgery and recovery time, the excellent follow-up and support after surgery, and, most importantly the fact that it is reversible if I made a terrible mistake, all convinced me that I was making the right decision.
I, too, wondered why more people weren't aware of this. I believe the negative comments are coming from those who are not really educated as to the benefits and track record of this surgery. I see so many problems posted on Obesity Help by people with terrible side effects, but I am totally pleased that I do not experience the diarrhea, throwing up or even more serious complications that I see requiring hospitalization! The Discovery Health Channel program on the surgery of actor Gil Girard seems to be putting out the word. The MGB also has lots of patients who come from Canada since their health insurance program covers the MGB. I have met many MGB'ers and have gotten to know even more on the Yahoo support board, and I have yet to find anyone dissatisfied with their choice. I'm sure you could find answers to your questions at CLOS.net.
One thing confusing to me, though, is the posts I see on here by folks who say they had the MGB but with doctors I have never heard of. It is my understanding the the TRUE MGB was developed by Dr. Robert Rutledge and is performed by only him in Las Vegas and two other surgeons trained by him working out of Michigan and Florida. I am curious as to whether these other docs are specialists in the procedure. Maybe on of the people who posted on here will explain that.