How long have you been banded??? in LAP-BAND Surgery Forums Posted January 24, 2006 I was banded in May of 2002 and have managed to maintain all but about 20 lbs of my weight loss. The band is a tool and I have not been using it like I should. It has however prevented me from gaining all of my weight loss back like I have done my entire life. I lost about 180 lbs using the band.