Misconception about bariatric surgeries

September 3, 2019

Bariatric surgeries are used as weight loss surgeries. It can be of various forms and one surgery might work for one and not for another. Many people have misconceptions regarding these surgeries. So, before you decide on whether to go for bariatric surgery, you need to make sure that you are aware of all the misconceptions regarding the surgery:

  1. After the surgery, you will regain your weight
    Studies have shown that about 50 percent of people who undergo the bariatric surgery regain about 5 percent of their weight after 2 years of the procedure. However, most of the patients are able to maintain the weight loss. This weight can be defined as weight loss that is 50% greater than excess body weight.  These people have also seen an improved quality of life. The weight reduction you go through this procedure is sustained and massive as compared to other non-surgical procedures.
  2. You are at more risk of dying from the bariatric surgery than from obesity
    There is no denying the fact that with increased body weight, the longevity decreases. Also, people with obesity are vulnerable to several life-threatening conditions like diabetes, hypertension, etc. Studies have shown that the rate of dying after bariatric surgery is considerably less than other operations like hip replacement, gallbladder surgery. For example, for bariatric patients, cancer mortality is reduced by 60 percent. Association with diabetes is decreased by about 90 percent. So basically, the benefits of the surgery far outweigh the risks. It is also important to know that there is a risk with every surgical procedure. You need to discuss with your surgeon if bariatric surgery is the best option for you.
  3. Surgery is only preferred by those who can’t do a strict diet and exercise program
    Individuals who usually go for surgery have been going through a diet and exercise program. To get that long-term weight loss or maintaining that weight loss is impossible for people with severe obesity. The only means for them to reduce their desired weight is through bariatric surgery. As the person loses weight, their energy expenditure is also reduced. The bariatric surgery offsets conditions that lead to rapid weight gain. When it comes to weight loss, there are significant differences between a person who has lost weight due to surgery and a person who lost weight through diet. To maintain weight loss, the person who has been dieting will have to eat fewer calories than before. On the other hand, a person who has gone through bariatric surgery does not have to reduce the number of intake calories.
  4. Bariatric patients get addicted to alcohol after the procedure
    Although some patients have had problems with alcohol after the procedure, there is no definitive proof of that being true. Most of the people who become alcoholics after the surgery already had problems with alcohol prior to the surgery. Studies have shown that after bariatric surgery, people start feeling the effects of alcohol at fewer drinks. Yes, you can be more prone to becoming an alcoholic, but it is preventable. For example, avid alcohol during the weight loss period, avoid drinking while operating heavy machinery, do not hesitate to seek help.
  5. Bariatric surgery makes you suicidal
    People who are suffering from obesity are more likely to go through anxiety, depression, etc. They have lower self-esteem than people with normal weight. The bariatric surgery has been seen to improve the mental health of patients. It is advisable to undergo a psychological evaluation before the surgical procedure.
  6. Deficiencies can cause several health problems
    Yes, after the bariatric operation, there might be some minerals and vitamin deficiencies. This deficiency can cause a severe effect on your health like impaired night vision, fatigue, low immunity, cognitive defects, muscle and bone loss, anemia, and loss of appropriate nerve function. But with the right diet and supplementary supplements, you can avoid this. For different bariatric surgeries, there are different guidelines that you must follow. Your surgeon will provide you with all the dietary guidelines. Make sure that you get your vitamins and minerals level checked regularly. Include healthy foods for your diet and take your supplements regularly and you will be fine.