Weight Loss Surgery: Benefits & Misconceptions

With weight loss surgery comes a lot of excitement, fear and misconceptions. We’ve gathered the top benefits and misconceptions to help inform you and ease your mind if you or a loved one is considering weight loss surgery below:

Benefits:

Long Term Weight Loss
When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, weight loss surgery is often times the only effective tool to provide an individual struggling with obesity, a long term weight-loss solution. In fact, studies have shown that more than 90% of bariatric patients are able to maintain a long-term weight loss of 50 perfect excess body weight or more.

Improved Medical Conditions
Bariatric surgery has been shown to resolve a number of conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type two diabetes, heart disease, asthma, sleep apnea, respiratory conditions, GERD, degenerative joint disease, etc.

Improved Lifespan
Various studies have shown that those individuals with severe obesity, who have undergone bariatric surgery, have a lower risk of death then those who did not undergo surgery. One study shows that there is a greater than 90% reduction in death associated with diabetes in a greater than 50% reduction in death from heart disease.

Quality of Life
Weight loss surgery significantly improve the overall quality of life. From issues such as unemployment and disability, to depression, low self-esteem and difficulty with mobility, weight loss surgery can bring about many improvements to one’s life and psychological well-being.

Misconceptions:

Bariatric surgery is a quick and easy solution for weight loss.
TRUTH : Weight loss procedures are not a miracle FAQs and require a lifelong commitment.

Bariatric surgery is extremely dangerous.
TRUTH: Just as with any surgical procedure, there are always risks including death. However, many procedures are now done laparoscopically allowing for fewer complications in a shorter hospital stay.

After surgery, there is nothing more that needs to be done for optimal health and weight loss.
TRUTH: follow up care is critical to make long-term lifestyle changes in ensure good health and proper nutrition.

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