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8 Weight Loss Surgery Myths


Obesity can lead to life threatening problems like diabetes, sleep apnoea and more. Weight loss surgery is a proven way to burn your extra body pounds without spending your time at GYM. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: 8 Weight Loss Surgery Myths

8 Weight Loss Surgery Myths
Its the easy way out
  • Losing weight and keeping it off is probably
    one of the hardest things you will do in your
    life. Unlike other vices such as cigarettes and
    alcohol, you cannot just quit eating food. You
    must learn how to eat food without giving in to
    temptation, to have that little bit extra or
    indulge in too many sweets.

  • To consider losing weight alone is crazy and
    the literature proves it! Long-term failure is
    the rule with more than 95 of people regaining
    lost weight by 2-5 years after a diet and
    exercise intervention.

  • Weight loss surgery is the only proven way to
    achieve long-term results. Its definitely not
    the easy way out its the only way out for many
    people in search of a sustainable weight loss

  • Weight loss surgery is not a magic wand. Its a
    tool that, to be successful, requires you to make
    lifelong changes to poor dietary and exercise
    habits.  The surgery itself is just the
    beginning. There is still a lot of work to be
    done with physicians, dietitians, exercise
    physiologists and other health professionals to
    achieve lasting weight loss.

The risks of surgery outweigh the risks of obesity
  • All surgeries have risks and weight loss
    surgery is no different. There are some
    complications to be aware of including leakage,
    infection of port site, slippage of the gastric
    band, pouch dilatation and port dislocation. The
    re-operation rate however is low at 5-10 of
  • On the other hand, the risks associated with
    obesity, if left untreated, can be life
    threatening. Obesity leads to conditions such as
    type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high
    cholesterol and sleep apnoea.

Surgery is only for really obese people
  • Weight loss surgery is recommended for people
    with a BMI gt35kg/m2 or BMI gt30kg/m2 with
    co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high
    blood pressure and high cholesterol. There are
    different types of weight loss surgeries and your
    BMI may not be a limiting factor to your
    eligibility, depending on your overall health
    status. Its best to talk with Winnett Specialist
    Group about whether or not weight loss surgery is
    right for you.

Ill vomit all the time
  • While it is true that food tolerance can be a
    challenge after gastric band surgery, you will
    never vomit because of the band. There are a
    small number of common problem foods that,
    because of their texture, may become stuck in the
    band. The piece of stuck food will either move
    down into your stomach or come back up with
    regurgitation but not with vomiting.

I will have to eat soup and mushy food for the
rest of my life
  • This is probably one of the biggest myths of
    weight loss surgery. While many people,
    especially with a gastric band, do eat this way
    its not how it should be. With the right
    education and support you can still enjoy your
    favourite foods but perhaps prepared in a
    slightly different way. Post surgery food
    tolerance also relies heavily on your dedication
    to taking small bites, chewing well and eating
    slowly at every meal.

I will be left with a really big scar from the
  • At Winnett Specialist Group, all weight loss
    surgeries are done laparoscopically, where small
    incisions are made into the abdomen. This
    technique results in faster healing, reduced pain
    and reduced scaring after surgery.

It will do all of the work for me
  • You definitely cannot set and forget when it
    comes to weight loss surgery. It is a tool to
    help make the lifestyle changes necessary for
    weight loss easier to achieve. It does not make
    the changes for you therefore ongoing support is
    crucial to your long-term success. For best
    results, it is recommended to engage in regular
    support for at least 2 years post operatively.

Its impossible to gain weight after surgery
  • If you go into surgery with the wrong mindset
    then there is a chance that you wont do well
    long-term.  The bad habits that lead to weight
    gain in the first place will still be there after
    surgery. As mentioned earlier, surgery is a tool
    not a magic wand. It doesnt directly help with
    non-hungry eating and you can still have a high
    calorie diet from small portions of unhealthy
    foods and liquids. 

  • To be successful with weight loss surgery you
    must go into it knowing that there are ways to
    cheat it and gain weight as a result. You must
    learn to work with your new stomach to avoid
    weight gain and get the best results.
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