Myth: Weight loss surgery isn't real surgery. It's just an outpatient cosmetic procedure – no big deal.
Fact: Weight loss surgery most assuredly is 'real surgery' — serious surgical procedures that carry serious risks and lifelong consequences.
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Myth: If all this doesn't work out for you and you aren't pleased with the results or don't like how things
are going, you can just have the procedure reversed.
Fact: Some surgeries can be reversed if there is a medical necessity such as serious side effects, but again, this is a major procedure and not 'cosmetic'.
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Myth: After surgery, you'll lose weight and you can eat anything you want!
Fact: Your stomach will be very small and you can NOT eat anything you want. You must follow a stringent post-surgical nutrition plan. Success depends on successful lifestyle changes.
Myth: You can choose whichever procedure you think is best to help you reach your vision of your ideal self.
Fact: Your surgeon will make the ultimate decision about your suitability for weight loss surgery and will also determine which procedure is best for you.
Myth: Weight loss surgery is easy, quick, and painless.
Fact: Even if your procedure is laparoscopoic (minimally invasive, with very small incisions), it will still hurt.
Some truths about weight loss surgery