Weight-Loss Surgery Myths
Weight-loss surgery myths deter many people from pursuing an effective way to lose weight. If you weigh enough to have obesity, research shows that surgical weight loss is often the best strategy people have to lose weight and keep it off – for good.
As with any surgery, you need to weigh all the risks against all the benefits. Becoming educated from reliable medical sources is one part of making an informed decision. Other things to consider are your current health, your medical history and whether you can commit to eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.
Here are some of the most common weight-loss surgery myths.
Myth: You’ll lose weight and then gain it all back.
One of the most common misconceptions people have about weight-loss surgery is that it won’t work. They believe people who have this type of surgery will gain all their weight back.
Truth: Fifty percent of patients gain about 5 percent of their weight back two years after surgery, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. It’s a small amount of weight when you look at the numbers. That would like losing 100 pounds and gaining back 5. Most people would consider that a huge success! Longitudinal studies show that most bariatric surgery patients maintain successful weight-loss long-term. They keep off more than 50 percent of their excess body weight.
Myth: Weight-loss surgery is more dangerous than having obesity.
Truth: You face much greater health risks if you have obesity than if you lose weight surgically. All surgeries carry risks — bariatric surgery is as safe as having gallbladder surgery, hip replacement surgery or a hysterectomy.
Additionally, if you have a body mass index of 40, obesity can shorten your lifespan by seven years. Having extreme obesity can shorten your lifespan by as much as 14 years. The reason people die early is because their excess weight raises their risk for heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
If you have weight-loss surgery, you can expect to live 30 to 40 percent longer people with obesity who don’t have a procedure. Your risk for heart disease and cancer plummets after surgery. Surgery also stops the progression of type 2 diabetes.
Myth: Weight-loss surgery is taking the easy way out.
Truth: If you have bariatric surgery, you still have to watch what you eat and exercise regularly. People who have severe obesity surgery are usually unable to lose weight successfully through diet and exercise alone, studies show. The reason has to do with what happens to the body when you lose weight and quickly gain it back. It makes it much more difficult to lose weight and keep it off again.
Dispel weight-loss surgery myths through education.
You can learn more about weight-loss surgery by attending a free educational seminar. Hear from medical experts at Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center how bariatric surgery can help turn around your health.