3 Myths About Gastric Sleeve Surgery
As with just about everything to do with losing weight, myths about gastric sleeve surgery abound. Those myths create a full-spectrum of misconceptions, from making people avoid weight-loss surgery, to making them think that it’s a quick, easy fix for obesity.
Myths About Gastric Sleeve Surgery vs The Reality
Before you make a decision about the gastric sleeve, you should be aware of the following myths and the realities behind them.
- The Surgery Means You Will Lose Weight Without Much Effort – There is no magic, fast and simple way to lose weight. A gastric sleeve, also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, is a potential option for those who are obese, or who have tried to lose weight through non-surgical means, such as diet and exercise. It is a powerful TOOL that can dramatically decrease your appetite and cravings so that you gain control of your eating patterns. But you will still need to make a commitment to healthy eating, staying active and following the prescribed aftercare program.
- Surgery is for Those Who Lack Willpower – Most people don’t consider surgery until they have tried many different times and many different ways to lose weight and keep it off, without success. The truth is that healthy, sustained weight loss is difficult for most overweight people, especially if they are obese. The U.S. National Institutes of Health has recognized it is nearly impossible for those who are severely obese to lose weight and keep it off in any way other than through surgery. If you have tried and failed many times along your weight loss journey, bariatric surgery may be the best solution.
- It Doesn’t Matter Which Bariatric Surgeon You Choose – It is crucial for you to learn as much as possible about the person who will perform your sleeve gastrectomy. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, many bariatric surgery centres are for-profit businesses that hire general surgeons, who often have little experience in any sort of weight loss surgery. The surgeon you choose should be hospital-affiliated, experienced in all forms of weight-loss surgical procedures, including gastric bypass and revisional surgeries, and be fellowship-trained in bariatric surgery.
For more information, please contact our team at The Sleeve Clinic where we’ll be happy to provide you with more information regarding the gastric sleeve procedure.