I appreciate your thoughts and advice BD, honestly. However, this was not a decision made in haste, nor is it something I will be talked out of at this point. I think there is a lot about the procedure that you and many others on here are unaware of and that's understandable. First, the device is in for life unless their is a complication. Complications are extremely low percentage in this procedure, and if there are, it's easily removed. It's a tool to help assist with all of things you are suggesting, that's all. It's not something I put in and then sit around without any behavioral change and watch the weight drop and turn into a loose sack of skin. Expected weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week with proper dieting and some added exercise. The regulated weight loss helps with the loose skin, even though there may be some.
Originally Posted by BulldogWrestler
The main purpose of the band is to make it nearly impossible to overeat and keep you on track. It's still up to me to put the proper food and nutrition in my body and add some exercise. Being a male and being relatively young really increases my chance to exceed expectations. I've read as many horror stories and long term studies that I could find on effectiveness. I've watched dozens of people's personal video diaries documenting their progress from day one to post op 2 years later.
I have health issues to be concerned about and a family that needs me. If dropping 17 grand helps me achieve my goal for weight loss and gets me off of blood pressure meds, my cpap machine, takes away aches and pains and allows me to spend more time with my kids and not make them the kids with the fat dad, it will be the best money ever spent. If not, I tried and I will continue to try.
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