Weight loss surgery is becoming a topic of conversation as it is increasing over the years. Many people have their opinion about the surgery and because of this, myths can be formed. So, let’s take a minute to go through some of the most common myths about bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery is the easy way out.
This is probably the most frustrating myth out there. As weight loss surgery patients, we know this one is false. It is not the easy way out. The lifestyle change that must come after bariatric surgery is real. Even though we had the surgery, doesn’t mean the process is easier for us. The surgery just helps us get started. We must work extremely hard to maintain our new lifestyle. There are also side effects that we must deal with as well. Do not ever let anyone tell you that you are taking the easy way out.
Surgery is a waste because you will gain the weight back.
This is also a very frustrating myth. People who say this are just setting you up for failure. Now it is true, some people do experience regain. 50% of people who have bariatric surgery end up gaining some sort of their weight back. However, do not let this bring you down. It is important that you are aware of the risk, but it doesn’t mean you will be one of those people that regain. Even though I experienced regain, the surgery was not a waste. My life was saved because of the surgery and I will continue to fight for my health.
You can’t get pregnant after bariatric surgery.
This is not true. Many people get pregnant after surgery. Actually, there is a significant chance that your fertility will go up after the surgery. Obesity plays a huge role in infertility so when you start losing weight, it will increase your chance of getting pregnant.
You will never be able to eat a lot again.
This is somewhat true. Yes, you will more than likely not be able to eat the same amount you did prior to surgery. However, you can eventually eat a lot again depending on whether you followed the guidelines. To avoid this, stick to the guidelines that your surgeon sets. You can eventually trick the system and eat more. Be careful with what foods you put back into your life and do not eat more than 3 meals per day.
Your issues will be solved with bariatric surgery.
This is probably the biggest myth that bariatric patients believe. Society has us believing that once we lose weight, we will be happier. That is simply not the case. The surgery is a tool and will not fix all your issues. It is just as much of a mental journey as it is a physical one. You must put in the effort to get to the bottom of your issues. Now that you aren’t using food as a coping mechanism, it will be time to face your problems and get through them in a healthy manner.
Remember, not everything you read on the internet or hear from a family or friend is true. Do your research about the things you hear about weight loss surgery. It is a big decision to make whether you should have the surgery or not. Take the time to feel confident about your decision and trust in yourself that you know what is best for you.