to be honest I also had a awful time with vomiting with the band. I did have trouble often eating protein. Mind you I had it removed by a different surgeon who told me that it had never been placed on the correct angle nor was it a suitable size. During the 5 years I had it deflated for probably 2 years. It did cause a lot of reflux, and many times I would think it was cardiac pain. I saw a cardiologist, had many tests all which were ok. It was found I had a hiatal hernia which may have been caused through the vomiting.
I told myself after having the band removed that that was it with WLS. Fast forward to this year, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia & osteoarthritis which was really hindering my ability to exercise effectively & found the weight just kept piling on. So got in touch with the surgeon ( who I'd chatted to last year re hiatal hernia repair & 'chatted about WLS' was booked in.
My first choice would have been to have a sleeve but due to my reflux the Dr explained I wouldn't be suitable for this so the next step was the mini bypass. So far a little reflux, getting use to 'bodily' function changes lol, but know I've made the right decision.
2 weeks on optifast before , and its been nearly 3 wks since the op & so far down 12 kgs.
I hope that may help? More than happy to answer questions that I can.