Accessibility Statement

We are committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience. To do so, we are actively working with consultants to update the website by increasing its accessibility and usability by persons who use assistive technologies such as automated tools, keyboard-only navigation, and screen readers.

We are working to have the website conform to the relevant standards of the Section 508 Web Accessibility Standards developed by the United States Access Board, as well as the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1. These standards and guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. We believe that conformance with these standards and guidelines will help make the website more user friendly for all people.

Our efforts are ongoing. While we strive to have the website adhere to these guidelines and standards, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website. If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage, please contact so that we may be of assistance.

Thank you. We hope you enjoy using our website.

Skip to Main Content

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

Weight Loss Surgery – It’s Personal

Ask yourself a few questions to see if you’re ready to explore treatment options that may help you get back to a better quality of life.
Read Questions To Ask Yourself


Importance of Support

Weight loss surgery can bring changes that you may have wanted for a long time. Having support can help you reach your goals.
Read Why Support is Important

What Are the Steps?

Our team is with you throughout the process, and knowing what’s ahead can help make it easier.
Learn the Weight Loss Surgery Process

Sign Up for Health Tips

Get our advice and upcoming events about weight, pain, heart and more.

Find a Doctor

Need a doctor for your care?