Bariatric surgery takes on many forms and the right surgery for one patient might vary from what’s right for another. There are many misconceptions that people have about these surgeries that might hinder them from receiving the care they need.
No two people are the same, so no two surgeries are exactly alike.
Before you decide on surgery, you need to know your options and to debunk myths and misconceptions. Education on this surgery is vital before anyone makes a decision about it.
1. There’s only one kind of surgery
There are actually many different surgeries.
Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of the stomach.
Sleeve gastrectomy removes all but a small portion of the stomach.
Gastric banding restricts the stomach with a band, making it smaller.
Each surgery has its own benefits and pitfalls depending on the patient.
2. Diet and exercise is enough to avoid surgery
Not for all patients. Obesity is a disease, and for some, diet, exercise, and willpower just isn’t enough.