9 Myths About Bariatric Surgery Exposed

Are you considering having bariatric surgery to help in weight loss efforts?

With so much information available to you, such as Internet resources and books at your local library, to the opinions of healthcare professionals, it can be difficult to decipher fact from fiction. That’s why we have collected 9 of the most common myths circling around bariatric surgery and debunked them for you.

Myth #1

Diet and exercise are all that you need to lose weight and keep it off.

Diet and exercise aren’t the only factors contributing to weight gain and weight loss. Obesity is a complex disease that can also result from factors that are genetic, biological, metabolic, behavioural, social, economic, or even cultural. Simply eating healthier and incorporating more exercise into your life may not be enough to lose the weight and keep it off. Everyone is different, and if you aren’t finding the results that you seek from regular exercise and a healthier lifestyle, bariatric surgery may be the missing puzzle piece.

Myth #2

Weight loss procedures can be risky.

Any surgery can pose certain risks, even bariatric surgery – but with an experienced surgeon performing the procedure in the proper facility, these risks are lessened considerably. Obesity and being overweight, on the other hand, can pose bigger dangers to your health.

A study conducted by The New England Journal of Medicine showed that patients of bariatric surgery had an 89% decrease in risk of mortality, as well as mortality rates connected to obesity-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.[i]

Weight loss surgery may be able to help patients decrease or discontinue the use of certain medications for these chronic conditions, resolve the condition completely or reduce the risk of developing a condition or disease in general.

Myth #3

Bariatric surgery will make you thin.

No two weight loss journeys are the same. The results that you achieve following weight loss surgery can depend on various factors, including:

  • The bariatric surgery that is performed
  • Your weight prior to surgery
  • Your lifestyle before and after surgery
  • Your diet and exercise following surgery

While weight loss surgery is not guaranteed to “make you thin”, it can be used as a tool to lose excess weight and maintain a long-term healthy lifestyle.

Myth #4

It keeps you from overeating.

As mentioned above, no two weight loss journeys are the same. While some weight loss surgery options can temporarily create a change in the biochemistry of your brain to help reduce cravings, it does not happen for everyone.

In order to get the best results from your weight loss procedure, a healthy lifestyle must be maintained, which includes exercising regularly and eating healthy, balanced meals.

Myth #5

Having weight loss surgery is the easy way out.

Weight loss surgery will not do all of the work for you, nor is it a quick fix The obesity solutions available at the SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre, for example, can be used as a tool in combination with a healthy lifestyle and exercise to lose excess weight and maintain a healthy weight. Through hard work and determination, patients have a higher chance of losing weight, keeping it off and improving their overall health.

Myth #6

It’s a waste of money because you will gain all the weight back.

With the right lifestyle changes, hard work and dedication, bariatric surgery can keep the excess weight off once patients have lost it.

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), some patients may regain around 5 per cent of their weight two years after their surgery, the majority of patients are successful in keeping 50 percent or more of their weight off long-term after bariatric surgery.[ii]

Weight loss surgery is a long-term investment, but in most cases, it’s worth it!

Myth #7

You can’t have kids after bariatric surgery.

Patients’ chances of being able to have children actually increase following bariatric surgery. While every weight loss surgery is different, most patients are advised to wait about two years before trying to conceive a child. If you are concerned with your ability to conceive following bariatric surgery, speak with your surgeon during the initial consultation.

Myth #8

Insurance doesn’t cover weight loss surgery.

Some insurance companies may cover costs associated with weight loss surgery. Speak with your insurance company to find out what your eligibility criteria is for coverage to get a better idea.

Myth #9

Bariatric surgery leaves large scars.

Most modern weight loss surgeries are performed laparoscopically, meaning they result in minimal scarring, if any. During a laparoscopic surgery, only a few small incisions will be made in the abdomen area, resulting in fewer scars and a generally faster recovery process.

Bariatric Surgery in Canada

Take your health and happiness into your own hands. Get in touch with the experts at your nearest SmartShape™ Weight Loss Centre today to explore the different obesity-related medical solutions available to you. For more information, contact us today.


[i] The New England Journal of Medicine | Long-Term Mortality After Gastric Bypass Surgery. Available: htps://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa066603#t=abstract. [Accessed: 2019-04-12].
[ii] American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery | Bariatric Surgery Misconceptions. Available: https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-misconceptions. [Accessed: 2019-04-16].

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