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I am looking for success and horror stories related to these procedures. I have a family member considering this surgery - the closest hospital/surgeon that performs these is over 100 miles away from where we live and I know no one who has had these procedures personally. Thanks!
Nope, but I learned something interesting at a lecture. The band is considered less drastic, but you can "eat around it." That is, if you're someone who grazes or snacks all day, you won't lose as much weight. Eat a little bit, it passes, eat some more, it passes, and so on. Whereas a bypass makes that more difficult as you are forced to change your eating style. This guy said he didn't even do bands anymore b/c people weren't as happy with them. Often, they're able to not change a thing with their lifestyle and they lose some, but not as much, so it's a waste.
I've seen bad complications. Plenty of sepsis, some deaths, some chronic immunocompromised and chronic malnourished. But I don't know their whole stories. I'm sure I meet plenty of people out there that have had great outcomes that I just don't hear about it.
I do have to ask: You know how Al Roker, Star Jones, and a few other celebrities still have chubby heads? Most regular bypass patients don't seem to have that. I think maybe it's the size of the pouch? I imagine people in the public eye get the really small pouches.