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Busting Myths: 7 Common Misconceptions About Bariatric Surgery

Did you know that nearly 60% of people struggle with obesity-related health issues? Imagine if you could break free from the shackles of obesity, but there's a catch - bariatric surgery. In this blog, we will explore and debunk seven common myths about bariatric surgery. Understanding the facts behind these misconceptions can help individuals make informed decisions about their weight loss journey.


Myth 1: Bariatric Surgery is Incredibly Expensive

Many people have the misconception that bariatric surgery is unaffordable. While it's true that bariatric surgery costs can be high, it's important to understand that the price can differ greatly depending on different factors.


  1. The bariatric surgery cost can vary based on factors such as the specific procedure, fees charged by the surgeon, fees associated with the hospital or surgical center, and any additional expenses before or after the surgery.
  2. Nowadays, numerous insurance plans provide coverage for bariatric surgery, particularly when it is deemed medically necessary. However, eligibility criteria may be applicable.
  3. To improve access to surgical procedures, many hospitals and clinics provide financing options and payment plans for patients.
  4. When comparing the long-term costs of managing obesity-related health conditions, bariatric surgery can be a cost-effective solution.


Myth 2: Bariatric Surgery Side Effects Are Always Severe

Concerns about the potential bariatric surgery side effects often deter individuals from considering it as an option for weight loss.


  1. Advancements in bariatric surgery have greatly reduced the risk of severe complications, with modern techniques significantly improving patient safety.
  2. Although every surgery carries potential side effects and risks, they are typically temporary and can be effectively managed.
  3. You may experience common bariatric surgery side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and nutritional deficiencies after the surgery. However, these can typically be managed with proper post-operative care and following dietary guidelines.
  4. Choosing an experienced and qualified surgeon can greatly minimise the risk of complications.


Myth 3: Bariatric Surgery is the Easy Way Out for Weight Loss

It's important to debunk the misconception that bariatric surgery is a simple solution or an effortless way to lose weight.


  1. Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix for weight loss. It's a tool that helps individuals reach and sustain a healthier weight.
  2. Before undergoing surgery, patients are required to go through a thorough evaluation and preparation process. This includes psychological assessments and making necessary lifestyle changes.
  3. After surgery, individuals need to commit to a healthy diet and exercise routine. They should also schedule regular follow-up appointments with their health providers.
  4. Achieving success following bariatric surgery necessitates a substantial amount of effort, discipline, and unwavering dedication.


Myth 4: Bariatric Surgery Guarantees Instant and Permanent Weight Loss

Many believe that bariatric surgery results in immediate and permanent weight loss.


  1. The speed at which weight is lost differs from person to person and can be affected by factors such as the specific type of surgery performed and how well individuals follow post-operative guidelines.
  2. Although bariatric surgery can lead to significant weight loss, maintaining these results necessitates sustained lifestyle changes and healthy habits.
  3. Weight regain is possible if proper care and adherence to post-surgery dietary and exercise guidelines are not followed.
  4. Weight loss following bariatric surgery typically occurs gradually over several months to a year.


Myth 5: Only Morbidly Obese Individuals Can Have Bariatric Surgery

There is a common belief that bariatric surgery is only an option for individuals classified as morbidly obese.


  1. Bariatric surgery is not only for individuals with severe obesity. The eligibility criteria often consider factors such as body mass index (BMI), obesity-related health conditions, and prior unsuccessful weight loss attempts.
  2. To determine eligibility and find the most appropriate surgical option based on individual circumstances, it is important to consult with a qualified bariatric surgeon.
  3. Some procedures, like the adjustable gastric band (Lap-Band), may be available to individuals with lower BMIs.


Myth 6: Bariatric Surgery is the Same for Everyone

Another common misconception is that all bariatric surgeries are identical.


  1. There are several different types of bariatric procedures, each with mechanisms for weight loss and considerations.
  2. Some common weight loss procedures are gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y), sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band), and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS).
  3. Surgeons personalize the choice of procedure based on factors such as the patient's health, goals for weight loss, and other individual considerations.
  4. It is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate procedure for your specific needs.


Myth 7: Bariatric Surgery Solves All Health Issues

Some individuals believe that bariatric surgery is a cure-all for obesity-related health problems.


  1. Although bariatric surgery can greatly improve health outcomes, it may not entirely alleviate all obesity-related concerns.
  2. Many individuals experience improvement in conditions like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea after making lifestyle changes. However, it's important to note that each person may have different outcomes.
  3. To maintain long-term health and weight, it's important to make mindful choices regarding diet and lifestyle consistently. This includes incorporating regular exercise and following a balanced diet.
  4. After surgery, individuals must collaborate with healthcare providers to manage and monitor their health effectively.




Bariatric surgery can be a beneficial option for people dealing with obesity. However, it is crucial to dispel some common myths and understand the reality when considering this choice. By debunking these seven misconceptions, individuals can make well-informed decisions about their weight loss journey. It's important to note that bariatric surgery is not a universal solution, but when used appropriately, it can be a transformative step towards a healthier and more satisfying life.


Don’t let myths hold you back. Contact a modern, multidisciplinary hospital for more information.

Dr. Vikas Singhal
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