Obesity is an epidemic in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity-related conditions include stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of avoidable, premature death. The cure for obesity is weight loss. While dieting and exercising will be effective, they are sometimes not enough for dramatic weight loss. Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is an extremely powerful tool that can help jumpstart weight loss in those struggling with obesity. While it is a great option, there are still many myths and misconceptions about bariatric surgery.

Bariatric Surgery is the Easy Way

When talking about weight loss surgery, many candidates have heard, “That’s the easy way to lose weight.” In fact, surgery is only the first step in the weight loss journey. In order to be successful, it requires a complete lifestyle change for a lifetime. Exercising, proper nutrition and taking vitamins become even more important with bariatric surgery.

People Who Choose Bariatric Surgery Are Lazy

There is a stigma that people who choose surgery are lazy, just don’t want to do the work required to lose weight or are doing it purely for cosmetic reasons. This couldn’t be further from reality. Most patients who opt for weight loss surgery have tried exercise and dieting alone and have not been able to take off the significant amount of weight needed to combat or reverse their health problems. This is their last and best option to truly become healthy. 

Weight Loss Surgery is Dangerous

Years ago, weight loss surgery was an open surgery that resulted in large incisions and a long recovery. There has been such a huge advancement in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including laparoscopic surgery, robotics and endoscopic techniques. Because of these advancements, bariatric surgery is now much safer, less invasive and has a much faster recovery time. In contrast, the risks of remaining obese – high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc. are much greater.

Considering Bariatric Surgery

Choosing bariatric surgery is a life-changing decision that requires a commitment for the rest of one’s life. Use the answers above as a starting point when considering weight loss surgery.  Get advice from reliable sources such as your primary care physician, a board-certified bariatric surgeon, and other people who have undergone the procedure. Do your research and keep these things in mind.

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