Is Weight Loss Surgery the Easy Way Out?
As weight loss surgery becomes a more well known option for weight loss, some myths and misconceptions arise. We want to address the misconceptions about what the whole process of weight loss surgery includes so as to properly set up future patients’ expectations. By knowing exactly what bariatric surgery, such as gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, is going to do, or not do, you will be better informed when starting your weight loss journey.
Myth: Weight loss surgery is for everyone?
Fact: Not exactly. We believe that everyone should have the chance to live a healthy life, but sometimes surgery isn’t the best option. Our experienced surgeons meet with each potential patient to discuss their medical history, lifestyle and health goals in order to determine their options. We offer non-surgical procedures and medical weight loss options for patients who want to lose weight without surgery.
Myth: Weight loss surgery is the easy way out
Fact: It is merely a tool and one step in a long process. It is true some people with obesity cannot lose weight simply by diet and exercise alone. However, we know that our patients put time into researching their options, showed courage to ask for help, and they committed to lifelong lifestyle changes.
Myth: People who get weight loss surgery are lazy
Fact: Any successful weight loss patient will demonstrate that this is false! Surgeries such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, as well as non-surgical options such as gastric balloon are very effective in supporting weight loss but long term success ALWAYS depends on major lifestyle changes. We offer comprehensive support for patients and we see firsthand how much hard work they put into healthy meal planning, workout routines and developing healthy habits.
Myth: After weight loss surgery you don’t need to do anything else to support losing weight
Fact: Life after weight loss surgery looks very different than life before, and many of our patients are glad for that! Immediately after weight loss surgery there are different phases of a post bariatric diet to follow, as well as changing activity levels. If patients resume their diet or activity levels pre-surgery, they are at risk of gaining weight. Going into surgery with a determination to change your habits, treat yourself with love, and seek support, will set you up for success.*
Myth: Weight loss surgery is more dangerous than obesity
Fact: Not true! Obesity is potentially fatal. Comorbidities such Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and associated cancers pose a threat to the health of people struggling with obesity. While any surgery carries some risks, typically the risks of complications from obesity and comorbidities outweigh the risks of complications from surgery. We explain all risks of weight loss surgery to our patients and our goal is to serve our community in Dallas and Fort Worth with safe procedures that can help patients successfully meet their health goals.
Myth: Weight loss surgery is unaffordable
Fact: Many health insurance policies cover weight loss! Our experts can help navigate your insurance benefits with our free insurance check. Some patients opt for self-pay because they don’t have insurance or because they want a faster timeline than insurance allows. We have special pricing and financing options available for self-pay patients. Additionally, life after weight loss surgery may mean fewer medication or long term health costs – plus, many of our patients say that their newfound health is priceless.*
Schedule a Consultation
If you have any questions that have arisen from our myth-busting, contact us! Our experienced staff is happy to answer any question. If you would like to discuss your weight loss options with one of our surgeons, schedule a consultation and begin your journey to health!
*individual results may vary
1 American Journal of Public Health 2013 October; 103(10): 1895–1901
2 Journal of Obesity 2013; 2013: 291546.