Debunking 11 Myths About Weight Loss Surgery

Separating fact from fiction

Weight loss surgery has, for a long time, been surrounded by myths and misconceptions. The truth is: weight loss surgery is safe, affordable and accessible in the UK. That’s why, today, we’ll be looking at debunking 11 of the myths that we see on a regular basis!

Myth 1: Weight loss surgery is an ‘easy way out'

Weight loss surgery is anything but easy!

It’s a significant, life-changing decision that requires careful consideration and commitment. While it can be a helpful tool for weight loss, it’s far from a quick fix. 

Surgery is just one part of the equation; patients must also make significant lifestyle changes, including adopting healthier eating habits and incorporating regular exercise into their routines.

Yes, it makes weight loss easier, but it isn’t a fix-all.

Myth 2: Weight loss surgery is only for cosmetic reasons

Weight loss surgery is primarily recommended for health reasons, not just cosmetic ones. 

It can greatly improve or resolve obesity-related health issues such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnoea, and joint pain. While many people do experience positive changes in their appearance after surgery, the primary goal is to improve overall health and quality of life.

Myth 3: Weight loss surgery is risky and is dangerous

Like any surgical procedure, weight loss surgery carries some risks, but significant advances in medical technology and surgical techniques have made these procedures much safer over the years. 

Most patients undergo thorough screening and preparation to minimise risks, and complications are relatively rare, especially when performed by experienced surgeons in accredited facilities.

Comprehensive aftercare is also available as part of your weight loss package with Tonic, which helps keep you happy, healthy and safe post-surgery. We highly recommend avoiding going abroad for surgery, as this is where the majority of surgery complications happen.  

Myth 4: Weight loss surgery guarantees permanent weight loss

Weight loss surgery can be highly effective, but it’s not a guarantee of permanent weight loss. 

Success depends on various factors, including individual commitment to lifestyle changes, adherence to post-surgery guidelines, and ongoing support from healthcare professionals. 

Some patients may experience weight regain over time, but with proper maintenance, many can sustain significant weight loss long-term.

Weight loss surgery should be considered a tool to help you lose weight and keep it off. It makes it significantly easier to live a healthier, happier life!

Myth 5: If you have weight loss surgery, you don’t need to diet or exercise

While weight loss surgery can jumpstart weight loss, maintaining long-term success requires a commitment to healthy eating and regular exercise. 

Surgery alone isn’t a magic solution; remember, it’s a tool to assist with weight loss efforts. Patients still need to make significant lifestyle changes and follow dietary guidelines provided by their healthcare team to achieve and maintain optimal results.

Myth 6: Weight loss surgery is your only option is severely obese

Weight loss surgery is one option for severe obesity, but it’s not the only one. 

Depending on individual circumstances, patients may also explore non-surgical interventions, such as medical weight management programs, behavioural therapy, and lifestyle modifications. 

The choice of treatment depends on factors like overall health, personal preferences, and the advice of healthcare professionals – always speak to a doctor before making any decisions. If you find a provider of ‘cheap weight loss surgery’ who does not offer consultations, STEER CLEAR! 

A doctor should be involved at every stage of your weight loss journey. 

Myth 7: Weight loss surgery is only for severely obese people

While weight loss surgery is often recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher (or 35 with obesity-related health issues), it can also be an option for those with lower BMIs who haven’t achieved success with other weight loss methods. 

Ultimately, eligibility for surgery depends on individual health factors and a thorough evaluation by a healthcare provider.

Myth 8: Weight loss surgery is for lazy people

Weight loss surgery is not a reflection of laziness. 

Obesity is a complex medical condition influenced by genetics, environment, lifestyle factors, and other factors. 

Many people who undergo weight loss surgery have struggled with their weight for years, trying various methods without success. Surgery can be a necessary intervention to improve health and quality of life for those who have exhausted other options.

Myth 9: You cannot drink or eat out after weight loss surgery

While there are some dietary restrictions and guidelines to follow after weight loss surgery, it doesn’t mean you can never enjoy a drink or dine out again. 

Moderation is key, and patients can still enjoy social occasions while being mindful of their dietary needs. It’s essential to work closely with your healthcare team to understand post-surgery dietary recommendations and make informed choices that fit your lifestyle.

Myth 10: It’s impossible to get pregnant after weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery can affect fertility, but it doesn’t necessarily make pregnancy impossible. In fact, many women experience improved fertility after significant weight loss!

However, it’s crucial to wait until weight stabilises and nutritional status is optimal before attempting pregnancy. This will help to ensure the best outcomes for both mother and baby. 

As always, consulting with a healthcare provider is essential for personalised guidance and support.

Myth 11: You can’t have takeaway after weight loss surgery


You absolutely can, and should, have a treat every once in a while following your weight loss surgery!

This, of course, depends on the procedure you have, the stage of your recovery and your ongoing portion control, but you can indeed have the occasional takeaway. It’s your life to enjoy!

It is worth noting that a healthy, consistent diet is essential after weight loss surgery, so avoid making takeaways a regular habit and you’ll do just fine. 

Want to talk to us about weight loss surgery?

Choosing to undergo weight loss surgery is a huge decision, one that should never be made lightly. 

Fortunately, when you choose to have your surgery with Tonic, you’ll have our full team of consultants, surgeons, nurses, trainers and healthcare professionals by your side the whole time. 

If you have any questions, or you want to talk to our bariatric (weight loss) specialists about your weight loss journey so far, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by clicking the link below.

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