Obesity is often regarded just as a weight-related condition. However, the fact is that obesity may affect other organs in the body and can be a threat to overall health and wellness.
According to various health studies, nearly 60% of adults and 25 % of adolescents in Australia are either overweight or obese. Though the overweight condition affects the health and well-being of millions of people, only 2% of eligible patients actually undergo weight loss surgery. Many of them think bariatric surgery is cheating, a last resort, poses certain risks and weight loss is possible by increasing activity modestly. Sometimes, they also set unrealistic weight loss goals.
The fact is, when bariatric surgery is performed by expert surgeons like Dr Ravi Rao, at Perth Surgical & Bariatrics Centre, it is a safe and very effective way to improve their health and well-being. Bariatric surgery procedures like gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and SIPS/SADI-S bariatric surgery can help them lose weight quickly and manage conditions like type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, etc.
Despite so many benefits people can achieve out of bariatric surgery, a large number of people suffering from obesity aren’t pursuing this treatment. Lack of awareness and misinformation about the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery are often the responsible factors for it. To address this issue, our weight loss physicians have unpacked some common reasons that patients may be hesitant to consider about weight loss surgery.
Let’s review 5 misconceptions about weight loss surgery.
#1: Weight Loss Surgery is Risky
The truth is weight loss surgery does also pose certain risks, namely bleeding,leak ,DVT, PE etc. But with recent advances in techniques used in bariatric surgery, those risks have greatly reduced and the statistical risk ivs very low. In fact, studies have shown that the risk for bariatric surgery is about the same as a routine gallbladder surgery.
#2: Dieting and Physical Exercise will result in effective sustained weight loss
The fact is obesity is no longer linked to overeating and doing physical exercise, but it also results from multiple genetic, biologic, metabolic, behavioural, social, economic, and cultural factors. Studies have found that when people lose weight through dieting and exercise, the body also compensates through biological changes, including increased appetite and slower metabolism. As a result, they cannot achieve any long-term weight loss results, contrary to the long-term, effective weight loss results from bariatric surgery.
#3: Weight Loss Surgery may be a Reason of Infertility
The myth is patients who have undergone weight loss surgery are advised to not become pregnant in the first two years after surgery. The fact is weight loss surgery is intended to induce weight loss, contrary to what is needed during pregnancy. Most patients attain their weight loss goals around two years after the surgery. Also note that weight loss actually leads to higher fertility rates and higher testosterone level in men.
#4: Bariatric Surgery isn’t Option for Me
The truth is many patients struggle with their weight, but still don’t realize that they qualify for weight loss surgery. If anyone has a BMI level over 35, he/she is likely to qualify for the procedure. With such a BMI level, one tends to suffer from weight related conditions, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure. Weight loss surgery is the most effective for patients who are motivated to make comprehensive lifestyle changes and to maintain their weight over the long term.
Talk to the Most Renowned Bariatric Surgeon in Perth Surgical & Bariatrics about your options.
Bariatric surgery, along with commitment to lifestyle changes, doesn’t only provide long-term weight loss results, but it significantly enhances health and quality of life for many.
Do you think bariatric surgery can get rid of your current suffering from obesity? Call or Mail to our desk representative to confirm your appointment with our physician at Perth Surgical & Bariatrics Centre.