Debunking the Top Myths About Weight Loss Surgery
As you’re doing research on weight loss surgery, you’ll likely come across quite a bit of information on the topic. From message boards and social media posts to scholarly articles, the internet is full of writings on the subject of weight loss surgery.
With so much out there to read, you’re bound to come across a lot of myths and misconceptions along the way. We’re debunking the top 7 myths we’ve heard or seen over the years to help you better understand your weight loss options.
Myth #1: “Weight loss surgery requires an overnight hospital stay.”
Though this may have been true at one point, weight loss surgery is now typically performed as an outpatient procedure. This means after the surgery, you’ll be able to head home that day and recover comfortably in your own home.
Myth #2: “Weight loss surgery is a very risky procedure.”
A couple of decades ago, this may have been true. Now, weight loss surgery has become much more advanced and is performed by surgeons who specialize in these types of procedures. This—combined with modern technology, sterilization, and anesthesia techniques—has significantly lowered the risks of what is now a very common surgery.
Myth #3: “You have to weigh at least x amount to qualify for surgery.”
There is no minimum weight requirement to qualify you for weight loss surgery. Instead, the requirements are based on your body mass index (BMI), current state of health, and your lifestyle. During a consultation for weight loss surgery, your doctor will be able to accurately determine whether the procedure will be a good option for you.
Myth #4: “The only real benefit of surgery is looking better afterward.”
Weight loss surgery is designed to help severely overweight or obese people take control of their bodies and health. In addition to helping you look and feel better about yourself, surgery can help improve certain health conditions related to obesity. While weight loss surgery may not cure your condition, it can improve the underlying cause—which can lessen the symptoms or even eliminate the condition altogether.
Myth #5: “My insurance won’t pay for weight loss surgery.”
Insurance companies typically won’t pay for medical procedures that are considered cosmetic surgeries. Though it can help you lose weight and feel better about yourself, weight loss surgery is typically performed to help improve your health and quality of life. If you aren’t sure whether your surgery will be covered, talk with your doctor and/or your insurance company.
Myth #6: “Weight loss surgery is taking the easy way out.”
Weight loss surgery is meant for people who have a significant amount of weight to lose and have already tried losing the weight through diet and exercise. It’s not an easy way out, but a way to kickstart a goal you’re already trying to achieve. Plus, after surgery, you will have to commit to a strict diet and exercise plan to lose the weight and keep it off.
Myth #7: “You’ll be left with a big scar after weight loss surgery.”
While it was once the case, weight loss surgery no longer involves a large incision or scarring. Thanks to advancements in techniques and technology, doctors can now perform minimally invasive weight loss surgery procedures. Doing so can help reduce your risks during the procedure and help speed up the recovery time—while resulting in a much smaller scar at the incision point.
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