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Obesity is a serious problem around the world. If not controlled or cured on time, obesity can lead to several health complications, such as coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, and sleep apnea. Bariatric surgery, available in Perth and other cities, is the best weight loss solution for obese patients. Some patients are however, still skeptical of having surgery due to a number of common misconceptions. To clear the smoke and help you better understand obesity surgery, we bust 5 common misconceptions.

Misconception 1

People who undergo bariatric surgery are prone to serious health issues.

Truth: Bariatric surgeries result in reduced food consumption and nutritional intake. Neuroendocrine reflexes plays a significant role in weight loss. Thankfully, nutrient deficiency is not a concern with an appropriate diet and use of dietary supplements such as protein, vitamins, and minerals. Patients can also follow nutritional guidelines for different types of bariatric procedures that are published by the Nutritional Experts Committee of The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). To ensure healthy nutrient levels for patients, Bariatric surgeons provide guidance on dietary and supplementary needs, and also recommend regular check ups.

Misconception 2

The probability of dying from bariatric surgery is greater than that of dying from obesity.

Truth: An obese person is vulnerable to a number of life-threatening conditions, such as type-2 diabetes, and hypertension. Bariatric surgery facilitates weight loss, making the patient less vulnerable to severe health problems. Several independent studies have recorded improvements in patients suffering from obesity-related diseases post bariatric surgery. The benefits of bariatric surgery in managing or eliminating obesity-related diseases and deaths outweigh the risks.

Misconception 3

Bariatric surgeries are ineffective, as most people regain weight post surgery.

Truth: There is a 20-30 percent chance of patients regaining weight post bariatric surgery. Several independent studies have shown that most patients who underwent bariatric surgery have been able to successfully maintain their weight loss in the long-term, by committing to a healthy lifestyle and diet plan. Successful weight loss, in this context, means weight loss equal to or greater than 50 percent of excess body weight in 2 years time. The quality of life patients experience post-surgery is significantly better than before.

Misconception 4

There is no need for bariatric surgery, as obesity can be cured by going on diet and adopting a strict exercise regimen.

Truth: This is not true. Had this been the case, there wouldn’t be any need for surgical advancements in the realm of bariatric surgery. In fact, individuals suffering from severe obesity are resistant to long term weight loss through diet and exercise. As dieting often reduces the body’s ability to burn calories, an individual who is on diet has to eat fewer calories than someone who naturally weighs the same. Bariatric surgery doesn’t reduce the body’s ability to burn calories, rather, it increases the production of certain gut hormones that send signals to the brain to reduce hunger, decrease appetite, and enhance satiety. Bariatric surgery is the best solution that can help obese patients maintain long term weight loss.

Misconception 5

Bariatric surgery is not safe

Truth: Bariatric surgery has gained acceptance as an effective weight loss procedure to fight obesity. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery experience 60-80 percent excess weight loss as compared with those who forego the procedure. Unlike painful open bariatric surgery procedure of the bygone era, bariatric surgery is now performed using a laparoscope, making it less painful, require less recovery time, and impose minimal restrictions on patients. The advanced surgery is performed by making 4-5 (0.5 to 1 cm) incisions in patient’s abdomen as opposed to a large incision made in open surgery. A small incision also means less scar post-surgery and less likely to develop wound infections. Different types of laparoscopic bariatric surgery are available and our expert bariatric surgeons can walk you through the options.

Here is a quick video explainer of why weight-loss surgery is consider the most effective treatment for obesity:


Last Few Words

Obesity is a serious problem around the world. Instead of believing everything that comes your way regarding weight loss surgeries, it is important to consult your doctor or a certified bariatric surgeon about all pros and cons associated with a particular weight loss surgical procedure. Perth Surgical & Bariatrics has expert bariatric surgeons, world class equipment and facilities, and affordable rates. Should you wish to know your eligibility for gastric surgery, feel free to get in touch with us by filling out our contact form, and we’ll take it from there. You can also call us at 08 6558 1901.