There is a lot of information out there about what weight loss surgery is and isn’t. It’s difficult to tell if that article that your second cousin posted on Facebook is from a reputable, accurate source or from a website run by a crazy conspiracy theorist. As a result, there are persistent myths about weight loss surgery, and it’s time for Dr. Dirk to set the record straight.
When you’re considering weight loss surgery, it’s important to make sure that you’ve got all the facts to make the right decision. But when your head is full of myths and half-truths, it’s hard to figure out the answers. These five weight loss surgery myths may be holding you back from making the best decision for your health.
Myth #1: Weight loss surgery is a “quick fix.”
Fact: Weight loss surgery can result in rapid weight loss, but it is by no means a quick and easy way to shed a few pounds. Weight loss surgery requires dedication to exercise and a healthy diet, especially once the patient has reached their target weight. Combined with healthy diet, exercise and supervision from a medical professional, weight loss surgery can be an effective way to transform your life, but it won’t always be easy.
Myth #2: You have to pay for weight loss surgery out of pocket.
Fact: Many health insurers provide coverage for weight loss surgery if there is a legitimate health reason, which may mean that patient is only responsible for their deductible. Each health insurance policy is different, and all will have different levels of coverage for the variety of bariatric procedures available. If you are insured, though, there will likely be some coverage for a weight loss procedure, meaning that it’s not nearly as expensive as you think it’s going to be. You’ll have to check with your insurance provider to see exactly which benefits you’re eligible for.
Myth #3: Weight loss with bariatric surgery is permanent.
Fact: It can be, but you’re going to have to work hard to maintain your loss. Once you’ve healed from surgery, you can’t go back to the same unhealthy diet and habits and expect the weight to stay off. There is no “magic bullet” or “quick fix” for weight loss, and that means that weight regain is entirely possible if you’re not dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle.
Myth #4: Weight loss surgery will fix all your problems and make you happy.
Fact: Unfortunately, Dr. Dirk is not a magician. He may be able to help you regain your health and quality of life, but he won’t be able to make your boss less of a jerk or fix your marriage. Setting aside improvements to your health, the weight loss that accompanies bariatric surgery can provide significant boosts to self-esteem, productivity and overall happiness, but it won’t be able to fix all the problems in your life. Making sure that you have a team of health professionals—including mental health professionals—is key to ensuring that your weight loss journey will go as smoothly as possible.
Myth #5: Weight loss surgery takes months to heal from.
Fact: There are some surgeries that require patients to heal longer, but many patients can be back to work in a matter of days after their procedure. There are a number of bariatric surgeries, and Dr. Dirk can help you choose the procedure that fits your health goals and the demands of your life. If you’re a business owner, executive or busy professional, Dr. Dirk’s Executive Express Program can help you improve your health without disrupting your busy schedule.