I rarely share personal information, but I will make an exception this time. I had gastric bypass by laparoscopy. I lost 180 pounds. I am anemic (I take iron), but I can walk today. I had 4 broken vertebrae and weighed 330 pounds. I was almost bed bound. I wouldn't change what i did for the world except one thing: I would've had lap band. I had general anesthesia, got sick, spent two days in the hospital and when I had a baby 5 years ago they couldn't just loosen my band during the pregnancy. I have cared for family and patients who have had each kind of surgery-lap bypass, open bypass and lap band, and the lap band was so minor in comparison. I can't recommend it strongly enough. The sooner it's done, the fewer complications, the less excess skin, and it is a faster road to a size healthy. I am a 10 and was in the 30's-it changed my life and I did the full surgery.
I will say one other thing-when my daughter is 18 I would let her have it. If you knew me you'd know that is huge!
They can alter what meds they use-the anesthesiologist has several classes of drugs at his disposal. She just needs to consult with him.
If she can't tolerate the band or had a complication they can "let the air out" and it's like it's not even there.
She'll be home in hours and on her feet within 1-2 weeks but in the meantime you have to cook, clean and care for the kids-it's like a vacation.
I know a woman who gained 40 lbs just to have this, and I know one who put 20 lb weights in her clothes to make the weight limit.
I know a Nurse who was back in one week and swore she had no pain. I was at the dentist for 5 hours having two root canals and two extractions with sedation and gas. The Hygienist said what I went through was twice what she did when she had the band done, and my recovery will take longer.
That's all I've got-I hope it helps. Please tell her it is all true and I never share personal info, but I feel very strongly that this procedure saves lives and saves the quality of life for so many. I'd be in bed perm right now and like it or not-that is her future without serious intervention.