I have an appointment scheduled for the 24th of this month to meet with my family doctor. I am hoping he will be willing to write me a referral to the surgeon for an evaluation. I have tried so many diets and also just adjusting portions and exercising. My knees hurt so bad just from a walk down the street. I have many other health problems, and feel like I am doomed to have diabetes in the near future...both of my parents have it and my brother. I am just wondering if anyone has had the surgery (lap band or gastric bypass), and do you have any insight to share? I know there are good and bad things about it. I really value what people have to say here, and just wondering if some of you could share about it.