Sometimes, when I have a decision to make or when I'm unsure what to do, I have to remind myself that I'm almost always going to fall within the range of normal or "the rule" and hardly ever the exception. This is one of those coping mechanisms that I use when I'm feeling fearful about flying - the rule is that most people never experience an accident or issue when flying. I am not special, I will probably always fall within the rule or statistically probable outcome.
I'm well aware of the stats about safety with the vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery - I've read articles, stats from the surgeon, etc. Chances are I will not fall within that small range of folks who have a major complication. I might have some sort of minor complication but the overwhelming statistical probability is that I will have a perfectly routine surgery, recovery will be somewhat painful but not impossible, I will lose a great deal of my excess weight, I will keep it off by sticking to the guidelines from my surgical program and I will see an improvement or resolution of the weight-related issues I have now.
I also happen to be the type who can understand something intellectually but not be entirely convinced in my heart. I'm getting there, I just need to keep reminding myself that I'm the rule, not the exception.