Myths About Bariatric Surgery

Far too many people push the idea of undergoing bariatric surgery out of their mind because of false information and myths they have been told about the procedure and weight loss surgeries in general. If you have been considering this as an option to fight obesity, try researching more about the procedure before scheduling a consultation with a surgeon so you know exactly what you want to ask.

Why the Misconceptions?

Simply put, the surgery has two outcomes: positive and negative. Most of the horror stories about bariatric surgery come from patients who have undergone the surgery and not achieved the results they expected. This can sometimes be caused by complications from the surgery, but it is more common for a surgery to fail because of how the patient acts afterwards. By not following the rules set up by their doctor and dietitian, patients who experience a failed bariatric surgery often have no one to blame but themselves. In order to see the best results, you have to be willing to do whatever your doctor says, including making changes to your diet and exercise plan.

Common Myths

1. Bariatric surgery is a cosmetic surgery - Even though bariatric surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure, most patients choose to undergo this surgery for medical reasons. Obesity can cause life-threatening problems such as high blood pressure or cholesterol and diabetes. It can also make simple physical activity difficult. Bariatric surgery helps cut down on the potential dangers of these diseases.

2. The procedure is quick and painless. You'll be doing a great deal of preparation for your surgery, and you'll start making lifestyle changes long before the procedure. According to San Antonio's UT Health Science Center, the surgery is going to hurt, even laparoscopically. It is also going to take time to recover, so you're not going to be making an appearance at the office the next morning.

3. There's a 300 pound weight requirement - Your surgeon will look at your Body Mass Index, not your weight, when deciding whether you qualify for bariatric surgery or not. There is not a minimum weight requirement.

4. It's the easy way out. Having surgery is not an easy weight loss alternative. Those who go through surgery have to work very hard in order to lose and keep the weight off following the procedure, and they'll have to learn to eat differently and live a whole new lifestyle. Some patients attend support groups as well as consult with physicians and dieticians long after the procedure to be sure they're doing right.

If you're still doubting bariatric surgery, and think that you might be wrong about some things that you might think, talk to your doctor or local bariatric center ifor answers to your questions and to help set your mind at ease.



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