Obesity is one of the major causes of most of the life threatening diseases such as type 2 diabetes, certain heart related diseases and stroke. There are also some facts that link it to some kinds of cancers as well. Surgical interventions are hence a necessity in order to combat this major problem and improve the person’s quality of life.
There are however some misconceptions regarding this surgery. It is important that you understand some facts before you take a decision.
Misconception 1: Regaining weight after the surgery is inevitable
Many believe that this surgery is not permanent. This is however not true. There is a possibility of regaining a small amount, but not more than 5%. Surgery is more sustainable option in contrast to other non surgical therapies. This does not mean that you give up exercise and good diet practices. Both go hand in hand.
Misconception 2: The chances of dying due to surgery is more than that due to exercise
As mentioned earlier, obesity leads to a lot of life threatening diseases like diabetes and hypertension. This surgery, with regards to mortality outweighs the risks and patients see significant improvements in the quality of life that they live. However, it is important to discuss all possible health issues with your doctor before you take a decision.
Misconception 3: This surgery has no effect, exercise and diet plans are the best option.
The surgery is not an absolute solution. The doctor will definitely suggest an exercise and diet plan. You will need to abide by the rules even after the surgery. You cannot expect to eat all the calorie rich foods and still stay healthy after the surgery. It helps to decrease the food intake in the body. So it definitely helps in the reduction of food intake and hence helps you stay healthy.
Misconception 4: You will experience serious mineral and vitamin deficiencies after surgery
It is believed that this procedure reduces the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body because it interferes with the digestive system of the body. The fact is that, the doctor suggests appropriate diet and supplements to compensate for the loss of nutrients. It is important that you do not miss the follow – up appointments with your doctor. These are made to analyze your health and nutrition requirements in order to gain sustainable results from the surgery.
Misconception 5: Obesity is an addiction similar to drug dependency
If it is a result of eating disorders or binge eating disorders, which results in food addiction, cannot be treated in the same way as drug addiction with abstaining from these substances. It needs a different approach. Overeating causes an energy imbalance. The energy intake is less than the energy output. This means exercise and physical activity is recommended. Sedentary lifestyles must be modified and exercise and healthy eating should be included. Only then can any kind of surgery help.
By Sejal Kakadiya.