Bariatric Surgery – 3 Common Myths - The Health Clinic
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Weight is a focal topic in our society and so a lot of people have various opinions to express about bariatric surgery as well. Weight issues are very common these days, yet obesity and ways to manage it are often considered a taboo, which in turn can lead to the spread of misconceptions.

We will now discuss three common myths about bariatric surgery and explain why they are incorrect.

 

Myth no. 1 – “Obesity is just as dangerous or even safer than bariatric surgery or gastric bypass surgery.”

Although the various procedures included in bariatric surgery are accompanied by some risks, the lifestyle changes and weight loss resulting from the surgery are a significantly more efficient way to protect one’s health than it is to gamble by just staying obese.

Everyone’s physique and predispositions are different and therefore it is not reasonable to assess what is “more dangerous”. Some people can be obese without suffering from the typical concurrent disorders. But it cannot be denied that a higher weight brings about health risks.

 

Myth no 2 – “A normal person will just take up exercising and dieting, instead of going under the knife.”

Unfortunately, evolution has yet to do away with the human instinct of storing fat for times of scarcity. Obesity is often concurrent with other health problems, which hinder people from making positive changes in their lives; such conditions can include depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, joint issues, excessive fatigue, etc. Additionally, weight loss can be hindered by various illnesses, medication or simply genetic predisposition.

Bariatric surgery is not a magical weight loss solution. Instead, it should be seen as an opportunity to get assistance with changing your lifestyle in an already complex situation.

 

Myth no. 3 – “Bariatric surgery will surely lead to other health issues.”

In order to mitigate various risks, which may occur during the post-op period, such as vitamin or mineral deficiency, we provide a thorough nutrition guide and recommendations to everyone who undergoes the procedure. Support and consultation opportunities with both a doctor and bariatric nurse are also available during the post-op period.

In most cases, the potential post-op health issues are merely minor details when compared to the low level of life-quality, which was caused by obesity.

 

NB!

  • Bariatric surgery is indicated in the case of obesity, which starts at a body mass index of 30.
  • This is a solution that has helped people achieve a healthier weight.
  • The decision to undergo a procedure should always be made after thorough consideration and consultation.