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3 myths about bariatric surgery

3 myths about bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery can be a life-changing procedure for many people who are battling obesity. Although thousands of people, including celebrities, have had successful bariatric surgery, many myths persist about the surgery and its results. Here are the proven facts about bariatric surgery and its long-term success rates.

Myth: Many people who have bariatric surgery will just regain the weight they lose.

Fact: Long-term studies of bariatric patients show that the vast majority of people maintain their weight loss after surgery. Only a small percentage of patients (around 5 percent) regain a significant amount of weight. In fact, more than 90 percent of bariatric patients maintain a weight loss of 50 percent or more of excess body weight, which is determined to be a successful result by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Considering the challenges that many people have with losing even a small percentage of weight without bariatric surgery, a 50 percent reduction in excess weight is significantly better what can often be achieved with lifestyle changes alone. Many patients lose well over 50 percent of their excess weight and are able to enjoy their lives without worrying about obesity-related health complications.

Myth: People who have bariatric surgery didn’t try hard enough with diet and exercise.

Fact: We now know that many people who have battled obesity are resistant to weight loss from conventional diet and exercise methods. The National Institutes of Health states that losing significant weight and keeping it off is almost impossible for many people without surgical intervention. This is because dieting and eating fewer calories often causes the body to burn fewer calories throughout the day. The person then needs to eat fewer and fewer calories to lose more weight. In addition, people who are reducing caloric intake will find they have to battle constant hunger and cravings to eat. Bariatric surgery patients do not have to struggle with extreme hunger because their stomachs will get fuller much more quickly. Furthermore, bariatric surgery patients experience an increase in certain hormones that suppress appetite and increase feelings of fullness.

Myth: Bariatric surgery is risky.

Fact: Any surgery has risks, which should be discussed with your physician before you decide to have surgery. But bariatric surgery is a very safe and potentially life-saving procedure when performed by a qualified bariatric surgeon. Research has shown that as a person gains weight, life expectancy decreases. In fact, the data shows that bariatric surgery patients significantly reduce the risk of death from diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. In many cases, the patient’s type 2 diabetes goes into remission. The amazing improvements seen in a bariatric surgery patient’s overall health far outweigh the risks of having the surgery for many patients.

CarePoint Health Bariatric Surgery

CarePoint Health Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a number of different weight-loss surgeries to help you meet your weight-loss goals, including sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. To learn more about our bariatric surgery options, contact us at 201-795-8175 and register for our free seminar.

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