7 Myths About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Oct 15, 2022

Gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss procedure that has helped many people achieve their weight loss goals. However, there are many myths and misconceptions about the procedure that can lead people to believe that it is not a safe or effective option. Here are seven myths about gastric bypass surgery:

Gastric bypass surgery is only for the severely obese: This is not true. Gastric bypass surgery is often recommended for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, but it can also be recommended for people with a BMI of 35 or higher if they have related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea.

Gastric bypass surgery is a quick fix: Gastric bypass surgery is not a quick fix, and it requires significant lifestyle changes and ongoing effort to maintain weight loss. Patients must follow a strict diet and exercise regimen to achieve and maintain their weight loss goals.

Gastric bypass surgery is not safe: Gastric bypass surgery is a safe and effective weight loss procedure. Like any surgery, there are risks involved, but the procedure has a low risk of complications and a high success rate.

Gastric bypass surgery is not covered by insurance: This is not always the case. Many insurance companies cover gastric bypass surgery, and many bariatric programs offer financing options to help patients pay for the procedure.

Gastric bypass surgery leads to malnutrition: This is a myth. Gastric bypass surgery can lead to malnutrition if patients do not follow the recommended diet and supplement regimen, but with proper care and follow-up, malnutrition is rare.

Gastric bypass surgery is only for women: This is not true. Gastric bypass surgery is a safe and effective weight loss option for both men and women.

Gastric bypass surgery leads to weight regain: While weight regain is possible after gastric bypass surgery, it is not inevitable. With proper care and follow-up, patients can achieve long-term weight loss and maintain their weight loss goals.

In conclusion, gastric bypass surgery is a safe and effective weight loss option for many people. While there are myths and misconceptions about the procedure, with proper care and follow-up, patients can achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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