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5 Weight-Loss Surgery Myths


Everybody is trying to find their way to a healthier lifestyle, but for those who are overweight or obese, that road can be long and difficult. The number of misconceptions about how to live a healthy life as an obese individual further clouds the waters, especially when it comes to surgical weight-loss procedures. Today, we’re addressing some of the most common misconceptions about bariatric procedures to shed some light on the truth behind them.

5 Myths About Bariatric Surgery 

Myth #1: Surgery Isn’t Necessary, Just Diet and Exercise

While certainly important, diet and exercise may not be enough for those who are extremely obese. While indubitably important, studies have shown that over 50% of those who changed their diet and exercise routine end up gaining their weight back.

Myth #2: Vitamins Absorption is Altered Post Surgery

There is a nugget of truth at the center of this myth. Some forms of weight-loss surgery do decrease the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals—this is called malabsorption. However, there are many different forms of bariatric surgery, and only a few of those result in malabsorption. 

If you choose a malabsorptive procedure, your doctor will prescribe supplements after surgery to prevent nutrient deficiencies. You’ll also likely receive post-surgery testing for vitamin and mineral levels, greatly reducing the chances of a negative impact on your health.

Myth #3: Having Kids Isn’t Possible Post Surgery

Again, there’s a nugget of truth in there. It is advised that bariatric patients do not attempt to become pregnant for two years after the procedure. The majority of post-surgery weight loss occurs during this period, so getting pregnant, while completely possible, is counterproductive. Funnily enough, weight loss at large leads to higher fertility rates overall but especially in men, as it increases testosterone levels.

Myth #4: All Weight-Loss Surgeries are the Same

Over the years, there’ve been many different approaches to bariatric surgery. In the past, gastric band surgery (gastric banding) was very popular. Nowadays, we have a litany of other methods including:

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • The Duodenal Switch Surgery

Myth #5 Weight-Loss Surgeries are Dangerous

Weight-loss surgeries are no more dangerous than other types of major surgery.

The risks of obesity far outweigh those of bariatric surgery. Obesity drastically increases the chance of getting diabetes and high blood pressure. Poor diet, high blood pressure, obesity, and tobacco use were identified as the leading causes of early death in the United States. Bariatric surgery lowers the chance of premature death from all deadly diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and other health issues. Combine all the benefits of weight-loss surgery, and the only real risk is not getting it sooner.

If you have more questions about weight-loss surgery or lifestyle changes after your procedure, reach out to the experts at Lenox Hill. We offer thorough patient education for anyone interested in bariatric surgery and would be more than happy to answer any questions. Contact us today!