5 Myths and Facts about Bariatric Surgery


With obesity at epidemic levels, many people consider bariatric surgery. Yet, myths about bariatric surgery keep many people from pursuing this procedure which is an effective way to treat this disease. The long-term success of Bariatric surgery can only be determined if you manage to bring permanent reforms in your lifestyle.

Although obesity is often considered to be just a weight-related condition, it is a disease that affects many other organs in the body and can be a threat to overall health and wellness. There are several myths about bariatric surgery that are floating on the field and these myths are confusing a good number of obesity patients when it comes to make a decision whether to take the surgery or not.

That’s why we are clearing up some of these myths about bariatric surgery in this article and giving you more facts that will help you make a healthier decision.

5 myths about bariatric surgery you shouldn’t believe

Following are the myths about bariatric surgery which are spreading around the world.

1. Myth: Bariatric surgery is undoubtedly for the badly overweight patient

It's not that the only patients who are badly overweight can undergo this surgery. Obesity is one of the reason due to which people consider getting bariatric surgery. People who are overweight also consider getting this surgery if they face symptoms or health problems like sleep apnea, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension and high cholesterol which might get solved or reduced by weight loss.

2. Myth: Liposuction and Bariatric Surgery are similar.

Bariatric surgery is a metabolic surgery which works with your metabolic process and makes you feel full by eating a small portion. Whereas liposuction is a body contouring cosmetic surgery which gives a slim shape to your body, and helps you to look smarter.

3. Myth: Bariatric surgery gives you vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
It is not true that bariatric surgery gives you any form of deficiencies. Nutritionists give you a proper diet plan which should be followed as prescribed. Following the advice properly will remove any risk of deficiency.

4. Myth: After undergoing bariatric surgery, devouring tasty food will strictly be a no.

It is a common myth that patients who recover from bariatric surgery are not allowed to eat their favourite food certainly after they recover from their surgery. The surgery just makes you eat less. Patients who go through bariatric surgery are suggested to avoid sweet foods by their nutritionists because they may result in aftermaths like nausea and dizziness. However, even if you are not allowed to eat what you used to like, your nutritionist or surgeon will suggest some alternatives that you will enjoy after the surgery.

5. Myth: Getting bariatric surgery is a waste as you will gain weight after some time.

It has been proven that the patients who get bariatric surgery are intended to lose more weight than those who exercise and diet. Going back to the same lifestyle and habits such as eating junk food or not exercising at all would be the main reason for gaining weight again since bariatric surgery itself is not the only solution to obesity. Along with the surgery, a significant change towards healthier lifestyle is necessary.

Understanding more about the facts and myths about bariatric surgery or remedial and surgical techniques for improved health can help you make a more informed and educated decision. This is especially important concerning serious health issues, and bariatric surgery for losing weight is certainly an important one.

Facts about bariatric surgery you don’t want to miss

Below are 5 facts mentioned related to bariatric surgery that you should know.

1. Bariatric surgery deals with your metabolic changes.

Bariatric surgery changes your metabolic system due to which you feel full even after eating a small amount of meal that directly help you to lose weight. A change in your metabolic system is made due to which you feel less hungry and eat less amount of food.

2. Obesity is not only a weight problem.

People consider obesity as just a weight problem and most do not even take it seriously. Obesity is not only a problem which makes you gain weight, but it is a severe metabolic disease. Particularly in obesity, your metabolic system slows down, so even if you eat a modest amount of food, still you gain weight overnight.

3. Bariatric surgery is an emotional revel in.
Bariatric surgery itself can be an emotional revel in since going through such an important phase in your life that affects your mindset, personality and relationships with people around you. That is why giving our patients emotional support before and after the surgery is very important for us.

4. Its health advantages precede afar weight loss.

The benefits of the surgery include improving high blood pressure, joint pain, sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes. The health benefits of bariatric surgery are not limited to weight loss, it helps in a healthier heart, it minimizes joint and lower back pain, it also helps you get better sleep, and elevates your mood.

5. Don't fear of getting a huge scar.

Most people take surgeries as getting a massive scar on their body, but this is not the case with bariatric procedures. Getting bariatric surgery will not result in you getting huge scars, the scars caused by this surgery is about 1 to 2 inches long and eventually fades after some time.

Most patients who consider bariatric surgery have already tried diet, exercise and medications to control their weight for years, even decades. Bariatric surgery helps make extreme weight loss more achievable by eliminating the food cravings that can derail your diet. Following a good diet and an exercise plan that are recommended after the surgery will not only help you maintain your weight and also will impact your health in longer term.

Bariatric surgery doesn’t just help you live longer but also live a better life. Dr Cenk Sogukpinar and the team at Health in Anatolia International Health Unit build a support system for the patient, including surgery, nutrition and rehabilitation.

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