Weight Loss Surgery Myths vs. Facts

It’s normal to feel some stress before undergoing surgery, but there are often myths that surround procedures that elevate your level of apprehension. Take the fear out of weight loss surgery by knowing the facts. Even with all of the benefits and success stories, there are misconceptions that make people pause when considering weight loss surgery.

Why weight? Consider these three common myths and learn what truths debunk them: 

Myth: Most people regain the weight.

It’s true that some people may regain some of the weight after surgery, but studies show that you can be successful long-term if you follow the lifestyle changes and guidelines recommended by your physician.

Myth: Surgery is more dangerous than remaining obese. 

The opposite is true. The heavier you are, the shorter your life is likely to be, due to conditions related to obesity (such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer). While all types of surgery carry risks, weight loss surgery has been proven to be as safe or safer than many types of common surgeries, including gallbladder surgery, hysterectomy and total knee replacement.

Myth: You should be able to lose weight on your own.

This is a misconception. For many people, diets may frequently fail or they’re unable to lose enough weight to have a positive impact on their health.

Know the truths behind weight loss surgery, and get on the path to your best life, sooner.

Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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