“Obesity is an Epidemic” has been declared by The World Health Organization (WHO) attributable to the number of population suffering from Obesity reaching an alarming level. The relative contribution of excess energy intake versus reduced energy expenditure to the obesity epidemic in USA and other countries has been the subject of much study and debate. Despite mounting recognition of this problem, the obesity epidemic continues and the obesity rates are increasing at alarming rate across the globe. The solution though, to this problem sounds deceivingly simple; intake fewer calories a day, reeling up the calorie burning process with regular exercise and physical activity, but the greater part of the obese population fails miserably in doing this. Bariatric surgery on the contrary can reward you in countless ways and seems to be a blessing for those who desperately try to lose weight but to no success.
But myths persist about the surgery and about obesity itself. So, here we are sharing the facts you should know about weight loss surgery, busting the common myths about obesity and weight loss surgery.
MYTH 1: Weight Loss Surgery is very unsafe
FACT: Bariatric surgery in truth is a life-saving surgery. As the size of the body size increases, its longevity subsequently decreases. For several morbidly obese people suffering from a number of life threatening conditions; including their risk of dying; bariatric surgery truly is a life saver. An average study on 60,000 patients reveals that risk of death within 30 days after Weight Loss Surgery is just 1 in 1000 patients; lesser than other surgeries. Thus, regardless of poor health condition of bariatric patients, likelihoods of dying from weight loss surgery are trivial.
MYTH 2: Weight Loss Surgery is a cosmetic procedure just to remove fat from the body
FACT: It’s a most common conception that weight loss surgery is performed to remove fat from the body. Quite the reverse, the fact is bariatric surgery works on the principle of restricting and limiting the amount of food that the body can take and mal-absorption of the nutrients that are absorbed by the body. Cosmetic surgery however works on a particular area of the body to remove fat.
There is no weight loss during fat removal (Liposuction procedure) but Bariatric Surgery results in Massive Weight loss.
MYTH 3: Only People with Morbid Obesity can undergo Weight Loss Surgery
FACT: Morbid Obesity is not the ONLY Criteria to decide the candidacy for Bariatric Surgery. Overweight people suffering from co-morbid conditions due of obesity like Hypertension, Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, Joint problems are also good candidates for Bariatric surgery.
MYTH 4: All Weight Loss Surgery Procedures are the same
FACT: There are different types of Bariatric surgeries and each one of them is distinct and work in different ways. For example; Gastric Sleeve surgery/Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Band surgery restricts the amount of food that the body can intake. On the other hand, Gastric bypass Surgery works on mal-absorption principle; wherein the amount of nutrients the body can absorb are limited. You would thus be advised different procedures as per your unique conditions.
MYTH 5: Weight Loss Surgery is always covered under Insurance
FACT: There is no assurance that the costs for all types of Bariatric Surgery will be covered under your insurance. A highly customized plan; insurance involves a pre-approval processes which includes health evaluations, documented history of medically-supervised weight loss, history of being obese for a long period etc. Besides, it does not always cover bariatric surgery for everyone.
MYTH 6: Weight loss after the Bariatric surgery is permanent
FACT: This is the biggest myth of all. It is required to uphold a healthy lifestyle post-surgery to maintain weight loss. Sometimes, weight regain is likely, the reason being that the body is adapting the “new pattern” and learning to store fat even on a very limited dietary intake.
MYTH 7: Weight Loss Surgery in Women is recommended only after they have finished with Childbearing
FACT: This is a big misconception. Many women instead are not able to conceive due to obesity and are thus often advised to undergo Bariatric Surgery. Although, conceiving is not recommended for a year or two post bariatric surgery since you may not be getting adequate nutrients, but it is completely safe to get pregnant after you have attained a steady weight.
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