When it comes to weight loss surgery, it’s important to do your research and make sure you have all the facts. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about bariatric surgery that can cloud your judgment. At Valeriu E. Andrei, M.D., Bariatric Associates P.A., we’re here to help you separate fact from fiction – that way, you can make informed decisions about your health. Here are some common weight loss surgery myths that we’ve debunked for good.
Myth: Weight loss surgery is only for lazy people.
Truth: There are many reasons why people decide to get weight loss surgery, but laziness isn’t one of them. Bariatric surgery is a radical life change that requires long-term commitment and lots of hard work. By the time many people seek out surgery, they have already spent years trying to lose weight through conventional methods without success.
Myth: Weight loss surgery is the easy way out.
Truth: Diet and exercise alone don’t work for everyone. In fact, for many people, surgery is a last resort. For others, surgery may be medically necessary in order to get their health back on track. So undergoing weight loss surgery should never be viewed as an easy way out. It’s a tough decision to make and comes with many financial, emotional, mental, and physical challenges – all of which are worth it in the end. Anyone who’s had weight loss surgery should feel proud that they’ve taken steps to improve their health.
Myth: Bariatric surgery is risky.
Truth: While there is always the possibility of complications with bariatric surgery, most procedures today are very safe. Patients are thoroughly evaluated before undergoing surgery to verify they are a good candidate to do so.
In addition, Dr. Andrei and the team use the latest technology and instruments to ensure patients get the best outcomes. Some procedures, like the gastric sleeve, are even performed using laparoscopy with only very small incisions made. And did you know that there are many non-surgical weight loss options available, too? If you’re looking for a noninvasive option, one of those procedures might be best for you.
Myth: Most people gain the weight back.
Truth: With the right diet and lifestyle changes and a healthy support system in place, most patients are able to find long-term success with weight loss surgery. It’s common for people to lose as much as 100 pounds in the first year after surgery alone. However, if the initial surgery is unsuccessful or the patient experiences complications, revision surgery may be able to help.
Find All the Information You Need
These are just a few of the weight loss surgery myths that are simply not true. To find out more about surgical weight loss, schedule a complimentary consultation at Valeriu E. Andrei, M.D., Bariatric Associates P.A. Dr. Andrei can discuss all your options and recommend a plan that’s most appropriate for you. You’ll also be able to attend an educational seminar, where you’ll get to hear from real people who have had weight loss surgery. Contact us at 800-200-5553 to get started today.