Bariatric surgery is a safe and effective procedure. It’s the most successful route to permanent weight loss for those who are severely obese. Seventy percent of people who have bariatric surgery succeed in shedding 50 percent of their extra weight.
Awareness of weight loss surgery has grown in the past few decades. Scientists are continuously refining new and better techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery. At WeightWise, our surgeons complete about 99 percent of procedures using minimally invasive techniques.
Even though bariatric surgery has proven effective at promoting weight loss and decreasing disease, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the procedure.
Myth 1: The majority of bariatric patients regain the weight they lose.
Truth: Most patients are successful in maintaining their weight loss in the year or two following surgery. In weight loss surgery, success is described as a loss of 50 percent of excess weight. Some patients do regain weight. Permanent weight loss is affected by several factors: the quality and date of the original surgery, the type of surgery and the patient’s adherence to healthy habits. Education and long-term support can increase a person’s chance of success.
Myth 2: People won’t be able to eat normally after surgery.
Truth: Many people think they will never again be able to enjoy their favorite foods. After an initial adjustment period, most weight loss patients eat a variety of healthy, tasty foods. To succeed, patients need to leave behind old habits. Some foods, such as sugary desserts, are off limits for good. High-protein and low-carbohydrate meals will become the norm. The WeightWise blog contains meal plans filled with delicious, healthy recipes right for a bariatric diet.
Myth 3: Bariatric surgery is a high-risk procedure.
Truth: Every surgery carries risk and side-effects. The risk of dying from bariatric surgery is about the same as for gallbladder surgery. Bariatric mortality rates have declined steadily over the years. A recent study found the mortality rate for weight loss surgery is less than .5 percent. Factors that affect a patient’s risk for complications are age, health and BMI.
At WeightWise, our team meticulously prepares patients for surgery, increasing the chances of a successful procedure. Our surgeons have completed more than 3,000 operations with a 100-percent survival rate. Obesity-related conditions carry a higher long-term risk of mortality for the severely obese than does bariatric surgery.
Myth 4: Weight loss surgery causes severe nutritional deficiencies.
Truth: Bariatric patients must follow a healthy diet that includes taking dietary supplements for life. It’s important that each meal is highly nutritious, especially immediately after surgery. Bariatric procedures affect the absorption of protein, minerals and vitamins. After surgery, patients work closely with the dietitians at WeightWise. We ensure patients are getting the nutrition needed for health and energy.
Weight loss surgery isn’t a cure, but it is a first step toward a healthier way of life. If you’re interested in learning more about surgery, please call us or attend a free informational seminars.