No offense Bettyanne, but bariatric surgery is extremely risky and I wouldn’t recommend it to almost anyone. The success rate is very low for lapbanders and the rate of alcoholism is very high in all surgeries. Since having the surgery, I have learned of all kinds of horrors and complications. The success rates are highly exaggerated. Yes, it takes months of preparations to have the surgery and yes you have to be screened by a psych. But many many many slip through. My psych wrote in his report that I was the most prepared patient he had ever seen and that I would be highly successful. After a year of severe complications, I gained all of my weight back and then some. You may know of some successful bypass patients, but unless you have really bad health problems from obesity, the risks just aren’t worth it.