Weight Loss Surgery: 4 Facts to Know
Unfortunately, many myths about weight loss surgery circulate today. For instance, bariatric surgery is not taking the easy weight out. When it comes to losing weight with surgery, you still have to commit to eating healthy foods and exercising. Weight loss surgery acts more like a tool to help speed up weight loss, which helps people become healthier and more active. Another myth is that you will gain all your weight back. Many people are able to achieve long-term weight loss through bariatric surgery. The key is to permanently change your eating and exercise habits.
Here are four facts everyone should know about bariatric surgery:
- Bariatric surgery is as safe as other surgeries. Weight loss surgery is as safe as having gall bladder surgery or a hysterectomy. Of course, there are always risks to any surgery you might have. You should talk to your doctor to understand your specific risks, which can depend on your individual health. In many cases, it is better to lose weight through surgery than to face the health risks that come with obesity.
- When you have bariatric surgery, you can expect significant weight loss. Losing a great amount of weight helps prevent, improve or resolve more than 40 obesity-related diseases or conditions. Many people lose enough weight to put their Type 2 diabetes into remission and to stop taking medications for hypertension and cholesterol.
- Obesity can shorten a person’s lifespan. People who have a body mass index of 30 or greater have a 50 to 100 percent increase risk of premature death compared to people who have what’s considered a healthy weight, research shows.
- Bariatric surgery can increase your life expectancy. When compared to people who have obesity and don’t have surgery, bariatric surgery patients can live 30 to 40 percent longer. When you lose weight and have metabolic changes after surgery, your risk of heart disease, diabetes progression and cancer decrease.
Attend an educational seminar at Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center.
+One of the best ways to learn about bariatric surgery is to attend an educational seminar. At Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, patients work with a team of health professionals before and after surgery for support.