I just had my surgery on 12/8/05-so I'm definitly in the I"m learning category. I have dropped 53 pounds-long way to go-but I'm doing it. I have not had any problems with the surgery. I excercise every day-and watch what I eat-no fat or sugar-but I'm still having to keep watch over how much I eat. I am glad I had the surgery, but it IS still hard, like someone said above-at least it's not impossible-like it was before.