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Bariatric Surgery Myths Busted

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Many overweight people often die soon in life due to lifestyle disorders like diabetes, lung disease and heart attacks. Thousands of obese people die every year and obesity will become the number one cause of death in the world, overtaking smoking. Losing weight the regular way by exercising, following a strict diet and even using medicines have a very little chance of success especially for those who are morbidly obese.

“Bariatric surgery can help the morbidly obese achieve long-term success”

Weight loss or bariatric surgery can help the morbidly obese achieve long-term success. It is especially recommended for those suffering from other ailments like diabetes and hypertension. This surgery has a number of myths associated with it. Bariatric surgery especially in India, is believed to be very risky for the patient. The specialists at Apollo Spectra can help obese patients understand the pros and cons of bariatric surgery and perform it as an outpatient operation.

Bariatric Surgery Myths

  • It is a high risk surgery – Unlike popular belief, there is almost no risk involved in bariatric surgery. Thanks to modern technology, the surgery is performed laproscopically and without any side effects.
  • You can eat anything after surgery – Once this surgery is done, it is often believed that people can eat whatever they like and not put on weight. Though bariatric surgery removes existing fat, proper diet and exercise need to be followed to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Bariatric surgery requires weeks of rest – As this surgery is performed as a laparoscopic surgery, there is minimum invasion and the patient can leave the hospital in a day.
  • Weight loss is permanent – It is quite normal for people to gain weight even after surgery, though many of the patients do manage to maintain a steady weight for a number of years.
  • Surgery is not possible with lifestyle disorders – Many people with lifestyle disorders like diabetes often get this surgery done without any side effects.

Know more about Bariatric Surgeries: https://www.apollohospitals.com/departments/bariatric-surgery

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