13 Surprising Facts About Bariatric Surgery
Having bariatric surgery is rewarding in countless ways. But myths about the surgery and about obesity itself persist. Here, we bust common myths and share facts you should know.
Bariatric surgery can reward you in countless ways. But myths persist about the surgery and about obesity itself. Here, bariatric and metabolic nurse specialist Karen Schulz, CNS, shares facts you should know about weight loss surgery.
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Obesity is a metabolic disease. Your metabolism slows so that you can remain severely overweight even when eating a modest number of calories.
After bariatric surgery, you can feel full and satisfied after eating just a small meal.
The health risks of bariatric surgery are much lower than the health risks of obesity itself.
That’s why you get psychological as well as nutritional support beforehand.
If you’ve just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and have bariatric surgery, you may not need to start insulin shots.
Many people don’t realize Medicare and Medicaid often cover weight loss surgery.
The two most common bariatric procedures involve three to five incisions that are 1/2 to 1 inch long.
You’ll be back at a desk job in two weeks and at any job four weeks after bariatric surgery.
Eating slowly becomes pleasurable again as swelling recedes and you get used to smaller portions.
This allows room for solid foods and minimizes discomfort.
Most people lose half their extra weight during the six months they prepare for surgery and the rest over six to 12 months after surgery.
Bariatric surgery has helped millions maintain their weight loss. But because it’s been around since the 1970s, it’s not unusual to run into people who did not succeed in keeping weight off.