Myths and facts regarding any topic is far away from each other. Just like any other medical procedure, several myths surround bariatric surgery as well. Though Laparoscopic weight loss surgery in Kolkata is one of the best ways to lose weight, its effectiveness is still questioned by several people around the nation.
So, here is list of 5 most common myths and their respective facts:
Myth 1. Bariatric surgery reduces your chance of getting pregnant
Though you might be advised to wait for a year or so to ensure safe pregnancy, weight loss surgery does not hamper the chances of pregnancy. In contrast, it enhances your scope of maternity, which might have been a issue with extra weight. This delay is often suggested until the body gets used to the routine food habit.
Myth 2. You must be at least 300 lbs to undergo weight reduction surgery
There is a misconception that only morbidly obese patients can undergo bariatric surgery. If your weight is 30-50 kilograms more than ideal, then you are considered fit to undergo bariatric surgery. According to NIH (National Institute of Health), any individual possessing BMI more than or equal to 30, is considered as obese and thus can be considered for bariatric surgery.
However, each case is unique in terms of health and fitness, and therefore every case must be first discussed with the doctor.
Myth 3. Weight loss surgery leaves a huge scar on the skin
Had it been 4-5 decades ago, it might have been true. Previously the procedures were carried out by traditional open surgery. Today, in contrast, Laparoscopic obesity surgery is the preferred approach. This type of operation is comparatively bloodless, painless and scar-less. The minimally invasive surgery requires three to four incisions of about one fourth of an inch. It offers quicker recovery and resume to routine lifestyle.
Myth 4. You only have to survive on liquid diet after surgery
It is true that you have to consume liquid diet until few days before and after the surgery. Taking liquid diet before surgery allows the liver to shrink and makes the operation easier to perform. But within a matter of a fortnight, you can go back to your routine food habit. However, some of the food is restricted after the surgery, and you have to maintain a diet chart for a while. After a week or two, you are permitted to go back to regular solid diet.
Myth 5. Every patient suffers from dumping syndrome after surgery
Though, it is common to experience dumping syndrome during post surgery period, it is not a necessary side effect for everyone. Dumping syndrome is a medical condition in which the body flushes partially digested food out of the system way too early. Abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are the most common symptoms of dumping syndrome. In case it occurs, it can be tackled by avoiding food rich in fat and sugar content.