4 Common Misconceptions People Have About Bariatric Surgery

You must be quite familiar with the term Bariatric surgery. Many people are now choosing this way to lose weight. But still, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding bariatric surgery in people’s mind. Today we are going to clarify some of those misconceptions.

Misconception -1

It doesn’t matter which type of surgery you have.

It definitely matters which type of Bariatric surgery you have.

  1. Gastric bypass surgery- Someone with diabetes would likely need this surgery which reduces the size of the stomach and bypass some of the small intestines.
  2. Sleeve gastrectomy- For patients with BMIs up to 50, this surgery removes all but a banana-sized portion of the stomach.
  3. Gastric banding – This is needed on less numbers of patients, who manages to maintain a diet and proper lifestyle but even then suffering from obesity. In this surgery, a band restricts the amount of food your stomach will be able to contain.

Misconception -2

Surgery is a ‘cop-out’. Willpower plus good diet and exercise regimens work just as well.

Surgery is not a way to cop-out. Those who choose this way have already tried diets, exercises and medications to control or lose their weight for years. When someone is 10 or 15 kgs overweight, diet and exercise are prescribed and can work. But once you become 25 or 30 kgs overweight, the failure rates for controlling this excess weight with exercise and diet becomes close to 90 per cent. Losing and keeping off 25 kgs or more requires an intense commitment to diet and exercise that very few people can maintain.

Food cravings tend to derail your diet which gets eliminated once you have undergone bariatric surgery. But still, good diet and exercises are crucial for shedding weight post-surgery and also to maintain the weight. Surgery is a tool, not a magic bullet. It’s only a part of the weight loss journey of a patient.

Post-surgery making lifestyle changes are and following the guidelines are also required such as eating right and starting an exercise program that will improve the chances of weight loss and long-term success.

Misconception -3

Bariatric Surgery can be a waste of time and money because you just regain the weight.

It has been observed that not only do patients who have bariatric surgery lose more weight than those who only diet and exercise, but they also keep it off. Even after years, those who had surgery had lost more weight and were better able to maintain their weight loss with lifestyle changes. They also experience lower incidences of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and live longer.

Misconception -4

Surgery is risky and takes a lot of time to recover.

Comparing it to any other type of surgery, the risk for bariatric surgery is very low. In fact, it may be riskier to not to have the surgery. If you stay morbidly obese, you are much more likely to die from heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even some types of cancer. Recovery time is quite fast. After surgery, most patients stay two or three night in the hospital and can move back to normal life and activities soon.

So, if you are recommended by your doctor to have a Bariatric surgery, make sure to clear out all your misconceptions before it.