Demystify the air around Bariatric Surgery and choose the path to success.
Bariatric surgery is a quick and easy fix for rapid weight loss
A surgical weight loss operation is a useful tool for weight loss that requires lifelong commitment
Bariatric Surgery is risky
Bariatric surgery has become as safe as a hernia surgery with mortality risk of 0.05% & re-operation rate of 0.01%
Weight loss surgery involves removal of fat
Weight loss surgeries are also called bariatric surgeries in which no fat is removed from body.
Bariatric Surgery is only for grossly obese
Even people with 25 kgs extra weight (BMI > 32.5) are suitable candidates & benefit substantially for management of associated diseases like diabetes, snoring, irregular periods & infertility.
Bariatric surgeries should be considered as last option for weight loss.
Weight loss surgery is the only effective option for morbidly obese
Post surgery patient will not eat normally and will be deprived of the pleasure of eating.
Generally people who are obese try to restrict their portions to lose weight & try to remain hungry but after surgery they eat less but they feel full
Weight loss surgeries are risky & should be avoided.
Surgery is done to reduce risk associated with obesity. In experienced hands & evolved bariatric programs, the risk associated with surgery is extremely small.
Post surgery patients experience nausea & can’t live normally.
Weight loss surgery results in control of many diseases, improvement in Quality of Life & prolongation of life span too. Nausea may be present in few patients for a short duration only.
Patient will need to be on medication life long after Weight loss surgery.
Post Weight loss surgery, the medicines consumed before surgery for other diseases like diabetes, high BP, irregular periods etc. can completely stop. However, certain minerals like iron, calcium & B12 may be required as supplements for 1-2 years after sleeve gastrectomy & lifelong after gastric bypass surgery.
Weight loss surgery is very expensive.
The cost of surgery is usually recovered within 1.5 – 2 years due to reduction in expenditure on associated medical problems besides the benefit from improved quality of life. The cost of surgery is no more than the cost of any other major surgery.
Weight may be regained after few years.
Possibility of weight regain is only 10% compared to over 98% after other weight loss measures like diet, medicines etc.
Diet has to be continued ever after surgery.
Patient is allowed to eat food of his choice till he is full. This can include fish, chicken, eggs, dal, rotis, rice etc & there is no need to eat salads etc.
Surgery is going against nature by altering the system permanently.
The understanding of altered intestinal system has shown no major changes in terms of digestion & absorption with most of surgical procedures.
Surgery cannot be done in very young & old.
With better technique & improved safety, surgery is advisable in 13 year old adolescent & 70 year old person too.
Life long follow up is required.
Annual tests for vitamins will help in readjusting dosages & the reports can be sent digitally as well
Drastic weight loss will result in poor energy levels.
Contrary to this energy levels go up significantly within a short span after surgery due to reduced breathlessness, less joint pains & better nutrition.
Weight loss will result in loose skin & multiple plastic surgeries.
Sagging of skin only happens in extremely obese people, over 60 yrs of age or patients on poor nutrition.
Pregnancy & delivery may be unsafe after Bariatric surgery
After bariatric surgery, the cycles become regular & fertility improves. Pregnancy is to be avoided for 1 year after surgery as it is a period of weight loss.