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UT Weight Loss — Myths, misconceptions, and facts about weight loss surgery

 

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Myth: Weight loss surgery isn't real surgery. It's just an outpatient cosmetic procedure – no big deal.
Fact: Weight loss surgery most assuredly is 'real surgery' — serious surgical procedures that carry serious risks and lifelong consequences.
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Myth: If all this doesn't work out for you and you aren't pleased with the results or don't like how things are going, you can just have the procedure reversed.
Fact: Some surgeries can be reversed if there is a medical necessity such as serious side effects, but again, this is a major procedure and not 'cosmetic'.
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Myth: After surgery, you'll lose weight and you can eat anything you want!
Fact: Your stomach will be very small and you can NOT eat anything you want. You must follow a stringent post-surgical nutrition plan. Success depends on successful lifestyle changes.

 

Myth: You can choose whichever procedure you think is best to help you reach your vision of your ideal self.
Fact: Your surgeon will make the ultimate decision about your suitability for weight loss surgery and will also determine which procedure is best for you.

 

Myth: Weight loss surgery is easy, quick, and painless.
Fact: Even if your procedure is laparoscopoic (minimally invasive, with very small incisions), it will still hurt.

 


 

Some truths about weight loss surgery

  • If you believe that you are special & different and your post-surgery road to weight loss will be a graceful stroll in the park, you are mistaken. This is a journey, and you are in charge of reaching your destination.
  • If you believe that having bariatric surgery is the easy, stress-free way out of a lifelong weight problem, you are mistaken.
  • If you believe that changing your physical self by losing weight will also remove any flaws you perceive in your mental and emotional self, you are mistaken. You will still be you after surgery.
  • If you believe that weight loss after surgery will be a breeze, you are mistaken.
  • If you believe that if you have this surgery you won't have to change what you eat, you are mistaken.
  • If you believe that having this surgery will solve all your problems, you are mistaken.
  • If you believe that having this surgery will mean that your life no longer revolves around food, you are mistaken.
  • In summary – if you believe that bariatric surgery of any kind is a magic bullet to end any problems you may have with your life, you are mistaken.

 


 

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