Myths about weight loss surgery

The world of medical science may have caused a paradigm shift in technological advancement but myths are still there. Even though the popularity of bariatric procedures has increased immensely, there are many misconceptions and myths associated with them. What most people don’t even realize is that a bariatric procedure, whether it’s a gastric bypass surgery or a LAP-Band, is actually the last resort for weight loss.

Doctors only recommend bariatric procedures when a person has tried suggested diets and strict exercise regimens and still hasn’t seen a change in weight. Most people essentially lose weight by staying in a calorie deficit and working out regularly. However, digestion, metabolic rate, and hormones work differently for everyone. That’s the reason why bariatric surgeries exist. They help people in achieving their weight loss goals by restricting the amount of food they consume.

Despite all of the information listed above, you could have heard some myths and false claims too. In this article, we’ll try to debunk the most popular myths associated with bariatric surgeries.

  1. Bariatric Surgery Can Help Anyone Lose Weight 

Well, if you have heard this, please know that you’ve been lied to. Only a certified bariatric surgeon can tell you whether you are a candidate for bariatric surgery or not.

The expert will take a whole list into consideration including your current health issues, your previous medical history, potential genetic risks, and your lifestyle. Moreover, your BMI count is crucial in determining your weight status. Without evaluating all these factors, your doctor won’t give you clearance for weight loss surgery.

  1. Bariatric Surgery Is The Easiest Way To Lose Weight 

Quite on the contrary, it is only suggested when the patient has tried all the normal, recommended, and safe ways to lose weight but failed to do so.

You must keep in mind that bariatric surgeries are only for those who have no other way to restrict their diet and lose weight. Moreover, it is not a solution but rather a restriction that assists weight loss. Even with bariatric surgery, people can only lose weight if they choose to follow a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Bariatric Surgeries Leave Marks And Scars

While some of them do leave minor incision scars, laparoscopic surgeries do not leave any kind of marks or scars. More importantly, procedures that involve laparoscopy have a quicker recovery time and less blood loss.

  1. Bariatric Surgery Affects Conception 

It doesn’t. However, it is advised to not get pregnant in the first two years after bariatric surgery as your body undergoes a lot of changes during this time.

  1. Bariatric Surgeries Impact Mental Health

Being overweight can have a negative impact on your mental health. But bariatric surgeries can only help you lead a better, healthier life which in turn will improve your mood, boost your mental health and self-esteem.

We hope that these insightful facts must have changed your views on bariatric surgery too. But if you still have any questions in your mind, book our free bariatric consultation and learn more from our experts today!

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