No, mine was gb and totally necessary. I had pain for 4 years before I caved in and went to the ER (I thought it was acid reflux). Dr said I couldn't wait and operated on a Sunday am. Had I waited any longer to come in I wouldn't have made it. That was 2/27/05 and I was back at my desk on 3/14 (after being told I'd probably need 6 weeks off). I feel great, can eat anything without pain (except broken glass and nails of course) and would do it again in a heart beat.