Bariatric surgery is on the rise. According to ABC News, nearly 177,000 surgeries were performed in 2012 alone. This number is four times the amount completed just four years ago. However, despite its popularity, there are still countless myths associated with weight loss surgery. We aim to debunk them here.
1. Weight loss surgery is taking the easy way out.
Those who endure this type of surgery still have to diet, eat a certain amount of food and exercise. This procedure cannot and will not work on its own. Choosing to endure bariatric surgery is a significant lifestyle change and a commitment to eat healthily and live an active life.
2. Bariatric surgery will make me lose weight.
Ultimately, while patients lose about 60% of their extra weight, it is a tool for a whole process of a life change. A patient must eat right and exercise both before and after the surgery to keep the weight off. Patients can and will gain the weight loss back if they do not remain committed to their weight loss. While the surgery will help to change one’s metabolism, it is possible to gain weight back over time.
3. Weight loss surgery is a cosmetic procedure.
Bariatric surgery has been known to treat high blood pressure, hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes and a multitude of other medical conditions and illnesses.
4. Patients must weight over 300 pounds to qualify for the surgery.
Ultimately, the choice to endure this procedure isn’t solely based on weight, but one’s overall healthy. Even moderately obese people who have major health issues may see health improvements from weight loss surgery. Typically, one must have a BMI over 35 with significant health problems to qualify.
5. There is a long recovery time after the surgery.
Typically, most people recover in just one to two weeks from weight loss surgery. Some patients are even able to go back to work and normal activities in a mere few days especially if they endure a Laparoscopic gastric banding procedure.
6. You can’t have Bariatric surgery if you have Diabetes.
In fact, this procedure has become a primary treatment for those with Diabetes especially Type II.
7. I’m going to have to stay in the hospital for weeks after weight loss surgery.
Depending on the type of surgery you endure, you may have the surgery and go home on an outpatient basis with Laparoscopic surgeries. For those with Gastric Bypass Surgery, many patients go home after only two nights.