Not exactly a surprising finding! We know that MO is a chronic disease. We know that the presently available non-surgical treatments don't work for about 96% of MO people. Once the band is removed and the patient is left with no ongoing treatment, regain is an inevitable result.
And removal is becoming more and more common. Thursday, a woman at the doctor's office asked me what she should say to a hard-headed friend who wanted to get the band because he needed to lose about 40 pounds.
I said, "Just tell him to keep notes on what he's doing so he's ready for the second surgery...the one to take it out. Because, in the overwhelming majority of cases, there will be one."