Did you know that according to research studies published in leading medical journals, bariatric surgery is more effective than diet and exercise alone in helping severely obese individuals lose weight? Despite the obvious benefits of bariatric surgery, there are still several misconceptions regarding this life-changing procedure. Let us look at a few of these misconceptions to separate fact from fiction:
Misconception: You regain all the lost weight.
Fact: Bariatric surgery not only ensures your experience dramatic weight loss after the procedure, but can also eliminate food cravings and make you feel satiated on small quantities of food. Patients are generally very satisfied with their surgical outcomes and prefer not to return to the poor-eating habits and sedentary lifestyles that caused them to become obese in the first place.
Misconception: It's cheating.
Fact: People say that probably because they feel it’s too good to be true. In fact, it’s the opposite of cheating. You are making an honest assessment that a conservative approach to improving your health will not provide the desired results. Bariatric surgery is a perfectly legitimate, scientifically-proven, and efficient way to reduce your weight and get back in shape.
Misconception: It leads to other health problems.
Fact: On the contrary, weight-loss surgery increases the remission rates of obesity-related conditions such as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. If you are on blood pressure or diabetes medication, there is a good chance you may not need them anymore following bariatric surgery. You must, however, be sure you are getting the right amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fluids as recommended by your surgeon which is critical to the long-term success of your surgery.
Obesity is a disease that has reached epidemic levels in the US and if you are struggling with weight-loss issues, you owe it to yourself to consider bariatric surgery. It is not just about changing your appearance, but getting a whole new lease on life.
Dr. Marc Zaré specializes in minimally invasive surgery and believes that modern surgery should be innovative, non-invasive, and patient-centered. His mission is to provide every patient compassionate surgical care based on sound scientific evidence. With more than 15 years of experience in clinical practice, Dr. Zaré is considered to be a leader and one of the foremost experts of his field in Northern California. He is recognized for his surgical skills, clinical expertise, and superior outcomes.