This is a very important question and frequently asked before someone has a band placed. One of the greatest advantages of the Lap Band is that it is completely reversible. The band can be removed and you put back to normal faster than it can be placed in the first place. No other surgery for weight loss has this benefit.
In our experience however, if a patient has lost weight with the band and is doing well, removing the band will cause them to gain weight. We have seen them gain most of the weight back after removal.
The band is designed to be permanent. It is great maintenance tool to keep you at your desired weight, forever. We recommend that you keep it and continue your new life with better health.