For most people, the decision to have weight loss surgery begins with a lot of research to find out which procedure might be right for them.
With the internet at our fingertips, it’s so easy to find information on anything we want. But there’s a lot of cosmetic surgery information out there that can be misleading.
To help you sort fact from fiction, we’re busting some of the most common myths surrounding weight loss surgery...
Weight loss surgery is a quick fix.
Whether you have a gastric band, bypass or sleeve, you should be prepared to change your habits and lifestyle afterwards. You will work with your band, bypass or sleeve by following a balanced diet and incorporating exercise into your routine to achieve your weight loss goals.
When will I start to see results?
With a gastric band, you can expect to lose 1 to 2lbs per week, provided that you’re following your post-op diet and exercise.
With a gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, you can expect to lose up to 3lb per week in the first few months following surgery. By 6 months, this will slow to 1-2lb per week.
After weight loss surgery I won’t be able to eat normally or enjoy food.
Although you’ll have to follow a restricted pre-op and post-op diet with weight loss surgery, after 6 weeks you can go back to eating healthy, balanced diet with lots of texture.
Our experienced dietitians and nutritionists will help you with your diet plan before and after your procedure.
What does the post-op diet include?
For the first 2 weeks following your surgery, you’ll follow a liquid-only diet.
If you’ve had a gastric band, weeks 3 and 4 will involve soft food. Gastric bypass and sleeve patients will spend week 3 on pureed food and week 4 on soft food.
Weight loss surgery is just for cosmetic reasons.
Weight loss surgery actually offers many health benefits. Losing weight as a result of the surgery can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce strain on your joints, among other health benefits.
What if my BMI is under 35 but I have underlying health conditions?
If you have a BMI between 33-34.4 and have health concerns caused by obesity, you might also qualify for weight-loss surgery. Get in touch with us today to find out what options are available to you.
I’ll just gain the weight again after weight loss surgery.
Long-term weight loss is possible with bariatric surgery. Studies have shown that 10 years after the procedure, more weight loss surgery patients kept the weight off when compared with those who had lost weight through other methods.
How can I stay motivated to keep up a new, healthy lifestyle?
Our fabulous team of expert dietitians and nutritionists are here to guide you through your weight loss journey.
You’ll also have access to Bandboozled, a weight management hub full of tips, recipes and group support to help you navigate your new lifestyle.
If you'd like to find out more about our weight management options, get in touch today for a confidential chat with one of our experts.