Busting the Myths Surrounding the Pros and Cons of Gastric Bypass Surgery



You know the signs.

You're severely obese. You suffer from one or more chronic diseases. And you've tried everything - diet, exercise, pills... but you still can't lose weight.

You also know that you're ready to make a change. Perhaps, you've already decided to get weight loss surgery, but something seems to be stopping you.

Could it be you're hesitating because of the pros and cons of bariatric surgery? Maybe you're not sure if the risks are worth it. Before you say no to gastric bypass surgery forever, make sure you're not being taken in by the myths associated with the procedure.

Myth #1 You'll Gain the Weight Back in No Time

When it comes to weight loss rates after bariatric surgery, about 1 in 10 patients will report failure. And yes, there's a possibility you'll gain some of the weight back. But it's unlikely you'll be at your previous weight before the surgery, especially if you stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Besides, people who say bariatric surgery is easy are probably those who don't understand what such a procedure entails. Not everyone will make a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery, for example. And undergoing the procedure means making the necessary lifestyle changes to keep the weight off - something that even the non-obese knows to be challenging.

Myth #2 Gastric Bypass Surgery Is Extremely Risky

Some people believe that gastric bypass surgery or any other type of weight loss surgery matter increases one's chance of dying when compared to the chance of dying from obesity.

While it's true that all surgery comes with risk, not doing something about severe obesity is more life-threatening. In fact, people who have had weight loss surgery decreases their risk of death by half.

Not only does surgery help previously obese patients tackle type 2 diabetes, it also helps improve blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Myth #3 Liposuction Is Better Than Bariatric Surgery

What you need to understand is that "better" is subjective when it comes to comparing the two procedures. Of course, if a patient only has a small to medium amount of fat to remove, liposuction is a better option.

But if a person is morbidly obese or suffering from a health condition related to excess weight, then bariatric surgery or gastric bypass is the better choice.

Another thing you need to keep in mind is that liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, while bariatric surgery is a metabolic procedure. Weight loss surgery is also more than gastric bypass surgery. There are other types of bariatric surgery including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, and duodenal switch with biliopancreatic diversion.

Your doctor can guide you as to the weight loss surgery option that would be best for you.

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