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Busting Myths: Common Misconceptions About Bariatric Surgery


Author: Admin

Date: 12 April 2024


More than 38 percent of the world's population is overweight or obese. The deteriorating lifestyle and eating habits of the population have resulted in increasing obesity in the population.

An overweight body becomes the home to various chronic diseases, which can be life-threatening as well. Moreover, it can be a huge reason for insecurities in people.

Thus, as a savior, the technology of bariatric surgery was introduced. Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, refers to a medical procedure that makes changes to the digestive system in order to facilitate reduced weight in individuals. Park Hospital, as the leading Bariatric Surgery Hospital, provides the facilities and technologies for effective bariatric surgery.

Who is Bariatric Surgery For?

Bariatric surgery is not for everyone. People need to meet their healthcare professional to consult about weight loss surgery. Before prescribing bariatric surgery, the professional will perform extensive screening processes and health checkups. The people who can go for Bariatric surgery are as follows:

  1. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) should be 40 or higher. It indicates that that person is extremely obese.

  2. The person can go for bariatric surgery even if their Body Mass Index is 35 to 39.9 if they have serious weight-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or severe sleep apnea.

  3. In certain cases, they may qualify for certain types of weight loss surgery at world-class hospitals such as Park Hospital, even if their Body Mass Index is 30 to 34, and they have serious weight-related issues.

Common Myths about Bariatric Surgery

All over the world, there are a large number of people who qualify for weight loss surgery. But less than 1-2% of people go for the surgery. The main reason behind this is the high prevalence of myths and misconceptions about bariatric surgery. The common myths about the surgery are as follows:


  1. Bariatric surgery is the Easy Way Out: People usually think that bariatric surgery is the easy way out and does not require much effort on the part of the patients. This is one of the biggest myths. The surgery requires various lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes or limitations and regular physical exercises both before and after the procedure. It is possible only with high levels of dedication, commitment, and a positive attitude in the patients.

  2. Weight Loss surgery is only for Cosmetic Reasons: The surgery can significantly improve the appearance of the person due to the reduced body weight. But the real benefits are health-related. Obesity is associated with a large number of chronic and even life-threatening diseases. The surgery can significantly resolve these issues, improving the overall health and quality of life.

  3. The Risks are very high with Bariatric Surgery: Like any surgical procedure, bariatric surgery does carry several risks and complications. But for most people, the risks with the surgery are comparatively lower than the risks with extreme obesity. Moreover, with the advancements in the procedure and preoperative evaluation techniques at the renowned Bariatric Surgery Hospital, the risks or complications have been reduced significantly.

  4. Weight Loss Surgery is Only for Extremely Obese People: Most obese people believe the surgery is not for them but only for extremely obese people. Well, the surgery is recommended for people whose BMI is 40 or higher. Still, it can be prescribed to people with comparatively lower BMI but facing various weight-related health problems.

  5. Bariatric Surgery Effects are Permanent and Irreversible: Bariatric Surgery can lead to significant weight loss, but it occurs gradually, and the results are not permanent. Weight loss can be maintained only with the necessary lifestyle changes and dietary habits. While many weight loss procedures, like gastric bypass surgery, can be irreversible, others, like gastric banding, can be adjusted or reversed. People need to do thorough research about the surgery and understand the potential long-term impact of the procedure.

Park Hospital: Effective Weight Loss Surgery

People usually avoid going for bariatric surgery as people believe it is too expensive, too risky, only for cosmetic purposes, and has severe side effects. People need to avoid believing in these myths and understand the reality of the surgery. We at Park Hospital have the necessary expertise and extensive knowledge of the problems related to heavy weight or obesity. We provide the highest quality innovative treatments to minimize complications, risks, or side effects.  

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