No magic bullets in the pipeline
This is an article from the New York Times that summarizes the limitations of many promising advanced innovations. What we have is actually pretty great with gastric bypass and related operations, and it will be pretty hard to actually "beat" them in the long term.
Toughest study yet on Gastric Banding problems
This may have some of the limitations pointed out by the Allergan rep, but still, there are more problems with Bands than we were hoping for. While Gastric Bypass has its very real risks, the weight loss and Diabetes control are far superior..
I think the perspective of most surgeons is that the average person greatly overestimates the short term risks, but underestimates the long term consequences of the choice. This doesn't mean "be afraid", it means "be prepared".