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10 Common Bariatric Surgery Myths: Weight Loss Misconceptions

By Fernando Garcia on April 23, 2018

Morbid obesity body shapeAccording to numbers from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), an estimated 216,000 surgical weight loss procedures were performed in the US in 2016. This shows an increase in bariatric surgery procedures to help those who suffer from obesity-related health problems.

Even though bariatric surgery has become more common and more popular, there are many misconceptions about these weight loss options, how they work, and how they impact the lives of patients. The team at our Tijuana, Mexico bariatrics center would like to look at 10 popular weight loss surgery myths and offer you the facts.

Myth: Getting Bariatric Surgery Is a Sign of Weakness

Many people think that people who undergo bariatric surgery lack the willpower to lose weight on their own. That is not the case at all. A variety of factors can make weight loss difficult even with a good diet and regular exercise.

Additionally, the risk of a serious health problem may mean bariatric surgery is the most ideal and immediate option for reducing life-threatening health conditions.

Myth: You Can Eat Anything After Bariatric Surgery

After bariatric surgery, patients will often have trouble with junk food, heavily processed foods, extremely fibrous vegetables, and other types of foods. Eating just anything can potentially lead to digestive discomfort. On top of that, eating junk food after weight loss surgery could negatively impact the total amount of weight you lose.

Myth: Your Diet After Bariatric Surgery Is Totally Bland

While bariatric surgery may change your diet, that doesn’t mean it’s completely bland. There are so many rich and flavorful recipes out there for bariatric surgery patients. The procedure may actually renew your love for the potential of different foods.

Myth: You Don’t Need to Exercise After Bariatric Surgery

Exercise is essential for long weight and keeping the weight off. In fact, many bariatric surgery patients enjoy exercise more after they have undergone bariatric surgery. It becomes part of their new, healthier lifestyle.

Myth: All of the Weight Will Eventually Come Back

After several months to a year, your body will adjust to your next diet and eating habits. As a result, a fraction of the weight you lose from bariatric surgery will come back. Keep in mind that this is just a fraction of the weight, not all of it.

Myth: Bariatric Surgery Is More Dangerous Than Morbid Obesity

Bariatric surgery is extremely safe, with a low rate of severe complications. Given the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other debilitating conditions associated with morbid obesity, the low risks related to bariatric surgery are minor.

Myth: Bariatric Surgery Increases Risk of Suicide

The changes to a person’s body, lifestyle, and relationship to food can be difficult at first. Some bariatric surgery patients suffer from initial anxiety and depression after surgery, yet surgeons can recommend mental health specialists and support groups to help patients work through this transition period. Better mental health winds up becoming part of improved physical wellness.

Myth: Weight Loss Surgery Patients Suffer from Terrible Nutritional Deficiencies

Eating a balanced diet can be more challenging after bariatric surgery given certain eating restrictions, but it is not impossible. Noting your nutritional needs, eating a diverse range of foods, and taking vitamins and nutritional supplements can help address personal dietary deficiencies.

Myth: You Cannot Have Children After Bariatric Surgery

Many people wait to undergo bariatric surgery until they finish having children. The fact is that you can have kids after bariatric surgery. It is just not a good idea to become pregnant within the first year or so of the surgery since your body is still adjusting to the changes of the procedure.

Myth: Insurance Does Not Cover Bariatric Surgery

While it is rare, patients can receive some insurance coverage for their bariatric surgery if the medical necessity can be demonstrated. This will vary from patient to patient, and from insurance provider to insurance provider.

Be sure to speak with your employer or provider about these matters before assuming you’re in this all alone.

Contact Tijuana Bariatrics

To learn more about bariatric surgery and how it can help you experience improved health and better self-esteem, be sure to speak with experienced weight loss surgery experts. The Tijuana Bariatrics team will give you all of the information you need to determine if weight loss surgery is right for you.

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