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Top 10 Myths and Facts about Bariatric Surgery

With number of people suffering from Obesity reaching an alarming level, WHO has declared Obesity as an Epidemic. Conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and mostly the risk of dying; Bariatric surgery seems to be a blessing for those who desperately try to lose weight and have failed miserably.

Myth 1 – Bariatric Surgery is a Cosmetic surgery to remove fat from the body
difference between weight loss surgery and obesity surgery
Cosmetic surgery removes localized fat deposits while
Bariatric surgery  results in massive weight loss

Fact- It’s a common notion that fat is removed from the body during weight loss surgery. Bariatric surgery works on the principle of restriction and malabsorption; i.e., limiting the amount of food that the body can take and nutrients that are absorbed by the body. Cosmetic surgery works on a particular area of the body to remove fat. There is no weight loss during fat removal i.e with Liposuction. 

Bariatric surgery infact is a life saving surgery.  As the size of the body size increases, longevity decreases. For several morbidly obese people suffering from a number of life threatening conditions; including their risk of dying; bariatric surgery truly is a life saver.

Myth 2 – Bariatric Surgery is very risky

how risky is weight loss operation
Bariatric Surgery is in fact a life saving procedure 
Fact- From a health condition that is considered morbidly obese or overweight with co-morbid than dying because of the weight loss surgery. An average study on 60,000 patients reveals that risk of death within 30 days after WLS is just 1 in 1000 patients; lesser than other surgeries. Thus, inspite of poor health condition of bariatric patients, chance of dying from operation are grim.
conditions; your risk of dying early are much higher

 Myth 3- People who choose bariatric surgery don’t have willpower

Fact- On the contrary; choosing to undergo weight loss surgery shows a lot of couarge and commitment on the part of the person. It is not an easy decision. People who opt for the procedure have possibly tried various ways to lose weight in the past, have struggled for years and have failed miserably. They understand that surgery is the final option in their quest for weight loss.

Myth 4 - Bariatric surgery is a quick and easy fix for rapid weight loss

Fact- Bariatric surgery is a life changing decision. It is not a quick and easy fix. You need to make life long commitment to change your eating habits and lifestyle in order to reduce and maintain weight.

Myth 5 - Only morbidly obese can undergo Bariatric surgery

Fact- Morbid Obesity is not the only criteria. Overweight people suffering from co-morbid conditions because of obesity such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint problems are also good candidates for bariatric surgery.

Myth 6 – All Weight loss surgeries are the same

Different Weight loss surgeries work differntly
Fact- There are different types of weight loss surgeries and they all work in different ways.  Gastric band surgery and Gastric sleeve surgery restricts the amount of food that the body can accept, while gastric bypass works on malabsorption principle where the amount of nutrients the body can absorb are limited. You would thus be advised different procedures as per your unique conditions.

Myth 7 – Weight Loss Surgery is always covered by Insurance

does insurance cover bariatric surgery?
Weight loss surgery is often not covered under Insurance

Fact-   Insurance does not always cover bariatric surgery for everyone. A highly individual plan;
insurance involves a pre-approval processes inclusive of health evaluations, documented history of medically-supervised weight loss, history of being obese for a long period and lots more.  Besides, there is no guarantee that insurance will cover the costs for all types of weight-loss surgery.

 Myth 8- Weight loss after the surgery is permanant

Fact- This is the biggest myth of all. For maintaining weight loss post-surgery you would need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some regain is likely; for example after having lost 120 pounds a gain of 20-30 pounds is possible. Perhaps one of the reasons is because the body is adjusting to the “new norm” and learning to store fat even on a very limited diet.

Myth 9 - Women should undergo Bariatric surgery only after they have finished with childbearing

Fact- On the contrary, many women are unable to conceive because of Obesity and are thus advised to undergo Bariatric surgery. Conception for a year or two is not advised after the operation as you may not be getting enough nutrients. But after you have reached a stable weight, it is completely alright to get pregnant.

Myth 10- You won’t be able to eat anything that tastes good after WLS

Fact- Patients who undergo gasric bypass need to avoid sweet food because of the nausea and dizziness that it creates. You could have your favorite foods after you have completely recovered, though you would need to be wary of your portion size. High caloric foods should be avoided at all costs while you experiment with new foods. Besides; sacrificing a few food items would not be as difficult after having acquired a new shape.  

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