Common Misconceptions About Weight-Loss Surgery: Part 1

Not everything you hear about weight-loss surgery is true. Dr. John Angstadt knows that. He’s performed hundreds of surgeries and has met hundreds of patients. In this two-part series, he talks about three of the most common misconceptions about weight-loss surgery:

“Perhaps the most common misconception that people have is that these procedures are very risky. You hear that from a lot from people who have been dissuaded from taking action either by a family member or by something they read.

“The reality is that if you look at even the riskiest procedure we do — gastric bypass — if the surgery is done in a center of excellence, the mortality rate today is 0.1 percent. That’s actually a lower mortality than having your gall bladder removed. In the hands of well-trained surgeons working in a center of excellence where the protocols are all in place, the procedures are really very safe.

“In fact, if you’re looking at mortality ratios, it’s far more risky to continue to live with obesity and the co-morbid diseases you may have developed. If you don’t take action, your morbidity rate is more on the order of five to 10 percent. You have a far greater chance of dying as a result of complications from obesity that you ever will undergoing the small risk of an operation.

“The analogy I use with my patients is to think of this as getting on a plane and flying. For some people, when they get on a plane, they’re worrying about it crashing. But when you look at all the data, flying is the safest form of travel. You face far more risk getting in your car. It’s just that we live with that every day. We don’t think about it. You just kind of ignore that risk.

“And that’s kind of what people with obesity do. You don’t think about the risk you’re living with every day. You’re just concerned about the risk of surgery. But when you step back and a look at your whole situation, it’s far riskier to stay where you are than to move forward with an operation.”

Next week, in part two of this series, Dr. Angstadt will address two other common misconceptions that many people have about weight-loss surgery. In the mean time, if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons, call our office at (516) 616-5500, fill out our online contact form or click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now. We’re ready to help.

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Common Misconceptions About Weight-Loss Surgery: Part 1


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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