111.jpegWeight loss can be a challenging and sensitive subject for many, especially when conventional methods like diet and exercise fail. In recent years, bariatric surgery has gained popularity as a potential solution for those struggling with obesity. However, there are still many misconceptions and myths surrounding these life-altering procedures.

At Atlanta Bariatrics, we strive to shed light on the facts so you can make informed decisions regarding your health. In this article, we'll debunk some common myths about bariatric surgery and provide accurate information to help you navigate your weight loss journey. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more.

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Myth 1: Bariatric Surgery Is Only About Losing Weight

Obesity is a complex and chronic disease that can lead to various medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and more. Patients with severe obesity and a body mass index (BMI) over 30 may also experience difficulty performing daily activities and have a lower quality of life.

By helping a patient lose excess body weight, metabolic and bariatric surgery can also improve or resolve these health issues and potentially extend their lifespan. In other words, weight loss surgery isn't just about shedding pounds; it's about enhancing longevity and quality of life.

Myth 2: Bariatric Surgery Is The 'Easy Way Out'

One of the biggest myths about bariatric surgery is that it's an easy solution for those who are too lazy or unwilling to put in the effort for weight loss. This couldn't be further from the truth. Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix or an easy way out. It requires dedication, lifestyle changes, and long-term commitment to see success.

Bariatric surgery is a tool that can help individuals with obesity achieve their weight loss goals by reducing the size of their stomach or bypassing a portion of the small intestine. However, patients still need to make significant changes to their diet and exercise habits to maintain their weight loss and live a healthy life.

At Atlanta Bariatrics, our team provides comprehensive support and education to help patients make these necessary changes and achieve long-term success.

Myth 3: All Bariatric Procedures Are The Same

There are a number of bariatric surgery procedures, each of which has its own benefits, risks, and potential outcomes. The three most common types of bariatric surgeries aregastric bypass (also known as roux en y gastric bypass),sleeve gastrectomy, andgastric balloon surgery.

  • Gastric bypass surgery is considered to be the gold standard for weight loss surgeries and involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and rearranging the small intestine to bypass a portion of it. This helps restrict food intake and reduces calorie absorption.
  • Sleeve gastrectomy is a procedure where a large portion of the stomach is removed, creating a smaller sleeve-shaped stomach. This surgery also limits food intake and can lead to hormonal changes that decrease appetite.
  • Gastric balloon surgery involves placing a temporary balloon in the stomach to create a feeling of fullness and decrease hunger. This procedure is typically recommended for those who are not eligible or ready for more invasive surgeries.

It's essential to consult witha qualified bariatric surgeon to determine which procedure is best suited for your specific needs and goals.

Myth 4: Bariatric Surgery Is Dangerous

Any surgical procedure comes with its risks, but advances in the field of bariatric surgery have made the process safer than ever. With improving success rates, the risks associated with living with severe obesity often outweigh those linked to surgery.

At Atlanta Bariatrics, our experienced surgeons useminimally invasive laparoscopic techniques to perform weight loss surgeries, resulting in smaller incisions, less pain, faster recovery, and reduced risk of complications. Some patients are even eligible forda Vinci Gastric Bypass®, a robotic-assisted procedure that offers even more precise results and quicker recovery time.

Myth 5: The Weight Effortlessly Stays Off Forever

Bariatric surgery can be life-changing, but it's not a cure-all for obesity. While these procedures help reduce hunger and portion sizes, it's still possible to overeat or make unhealthy food choices. To maintain weight loss and improve overall health, patients must commit to making long-term changes in their diet and exercise habits.

Patients are encouraged to work with aregistered dietitian and follow an individualized meal plan to ensure they are meeting their nutritional needs. In addition, regular exercise is crucial for maintaining weight loss and promoting overall health. Our team at Atlanta Bariatrics provides guidance on developing an appropriate exercise routine based on each patient's abilities and preferences.

Myth 6: You'll Just Gain The Weight Back

On the other hand, some people believe that bariatric surgery is pointless because the weight will inevitably come back over time. While it's understandable to have concerns about regaining weight after surgery, studies have shown that most patients who receive ongoing support and maintain their healthy habits are also able tomaintain their weight loss long-term with ongoing support and healthy habits.

The Cleveland Clinic notes that weight loss surgeries are considered successful if a patient loses 50% of their excess weight and keeps it off, which90% are able to do.  With the right mindset and support system, weight loss surgery can help patients achieve long-term success and maintain a healthier life.

Myth 7: Bariatric Surgery Is Not Covered By Insurance

Many insurance companies now recognize the significant health benefits of bariatric surgery and offer coverage for these procedures. However, eligibility requirements may vary, and some individuals may need to meet certain criteria before receiving approval.

At Atlanta Bariatrics, we work withvarious insurance providers to help make weight loss surgeries more accessible and affordable for our patients. If you don’t have insurance, we will go over several options, including cash pay discounts and ways to obtain loans, if necessary.

Myth 8:  You Have To Be Extremely Obese To Qualify

While bariatric surgery isprimarily recommended for individuals with a BMI of 40 or above, it is also an option for those with a BMI between 30 and 40 if they have at least one obesity-related health condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or sleep apnea.

If you have a lower BMI but are struggling with obesity and related health issues, bariatric surgery may still be an option for you. Our team at Atlanta Bariatrics will evaluate your individual circumstances and discuss the best course of action for your specific needs.

Learn More From The Experts At Atlanta Bariatrics

Curious about the potential of weight loss surgery to change your life? The Atlanta Bariatrics team can guide you through the maze of options and provide personalized, compassionate care tailored to your goals.

To see real-life transformations and hear firsthand about the life-changing impacts of bariatric surgery,visit our YouTube page. Our video patient testimonials offer genuine insights, debunking common myths and illustrating the long-term success and happiness achieved through bariatric surgery. 

Don't let myths and misconceptions hold you back from the healthier, happier life you deserve. Contact Atlanta Bariatrics today to schedule your consultation today!

Ready to feel happier and healthier? Call (770) 232-9252 today to schedule your first consultation with the weight loss surgeons and specialists at Atlanta Bariatrics. We can’t wait to help you take the first step!

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