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4 Myths About Bariatric Surgery Debunked

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4 Myths About Bariatric Surgery Debunked

Separating Fact From Fiction

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that can help those struggling with obesity achieve significant weight loss and improve their overall health. Unfortunately, many myths and misconceptions about the surgery can prevent individuals from considering it a viable option. In this blog post, we'll debunk four common myths about bariatric surgery and provide accurate information about the procedure.

Myth 1: Bariatric surgery is only for the morbidly obese.

One of the biggest myths about bariatric surgery is that it's only for individuals who are severely overweight or obese. While the surgery is often recommended for those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, it can also be a viable option for individuals with a BMI of 35 or higher who have obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea.

Myth 2: Bariatric surgery is a quick fix.

Another common myth about bariatric surgery is that it's a quick weight-loss fix. While the surgery can result in significant weight loss, it's important to remember that it's not a magic solution. The surgery requires substantial lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise, to achieve long-term success.

Myth 3: Bariatric surgery is risky.

Some individuals may hesitate to consider bariatric surgery due to concerns about its safety. While all surgeries carry some risk, bariatric surgery is generally regarded as safe and effective. In fact, research has shown that the surgery can significantly improve obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.

Myth 4: Bariatric surgery causes nutrient deficiencies.

Some individuals may be concerned that bariatric surgery will cause nutrient deficiencies due to the reduced absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. However, with proper diet and supplementation, nutrient deficiencies can be avoided by those who partake in bariatric programs. Patients typically receive vitamin and mineral supplements to ensure they receive the nutrients their bodies need.

Providing New Opportunities for Patients' Weight-Loss Journey at Antelope Valley Medical Center

If you're struggling with obesity and considering bariatric surgery, working with a qualified healthcare team is critical to determine if the procedure is right for you. At Antelope Valley Medical Center, our bariatrics program and additional healthcare services offer comprehensive care and support to individuals undergoing bariatric surgery.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your weight loss and health goals by contacting our Weight-Loss Coordinator at (661) 723-7833.

PLEASE NOTE: to explore bariatric surgery for weight loss, most programs require a referral from a primary care provider or specialist. Schedule a doctor's appointment for more options and information to decide whether bariatrics suits you.