5 Myths About Weight Loss Surgery

Posted: 8/21/21Updated: 7/15/23By Jason Richardson, MD

Myth #1: Bariatric surgery is only for people who are extremely obese

Fact: While bariatric surgeries are often performed on patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, surgeons may consider performing the procedure on patients with a lower BMI if they have other health conditions related to their weight.

Myth #2: Weight loss surgery is just a quick fix for obesity

Fact: While bariatric surgery can help patients lose a significant amount of weight quickly, it's not a magic bullet. Patients still need to make lifestyle changes such as eating healthier and exercising regularly to maintain their weight loss long-term.

Myth #3: Bariatric surgery is too dangerous

Fact: While any surgery comes with risks, bariatric surgery has become safer and more effective over the years. With proper care and follow-up, most patients experience few complications and enjoy significant improvements in their health and quality of life.

Myth #4: Weight loss surgery is just cosmetic

Fact: While weight loss can change a patient's appearance, bariatric surgery is primarily done to improve health conditions related to obesity such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

Myth #5: Bariatric surgery is too expensive

Fact: While some insurance plans may not cover the full cost of weight loss surgery, many patients find that the long-term health benefits make it a worthwhile investment. Financing options are also available to help patients manage the cost of the procedure.