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You need to be completely honest with both yourself and your surgeon about your eating habits in order to choose the best surgery for you! The band takes more willpower and more patieince than the bypass in my experience, particularly in the early days when waiting to reach that elusive sweet spot. Yet after time with a bypass restriction often lessens, but with a band you can keep having adjustments, so it is swings and roundabouts!

Maybe keep a full food diary for at least a week, writing down everything you eat, drink and when and use that as a starting point to discuss with your surgeon the best option for you.

You also need to remember that surgery (band or bypass) is simply a tool, it is not a magic wand, you have to stick to the ‘rules’ and make the right food choices, you have to re-educate yourself and your way of eating, you have to be open to deal with any of the emotional ‘issues’ you may have around food etc. Be as informed as possible, get as much help as you can and know that surgery is simply the beginning – the hard work starts afterwards! However, wls can be an amazing and life transforming tool, don’t expect miracles overnight, but if you have tried everything else to lose weight and failed, then surgery could be just what you are looking for…

BTW, I have had both band and bypass – long story, but I know what it’s like to live with them both…

Good luck!


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