If you have been told by your physician that you are a candidate for gastric surgery for obesity, you probably have a lot of questions to be answered before you actually undergo the procedure. For one thing, you are more than likely wondering what exactly gastric surgery is and what is involved. You will need to know how to prepare yourself for the surgery and you will also want to know what risks are involved. The more prepared you are for surgery, the abler you will be to come through it with no problem at all and begin losing the excess weight that has been plaguing you for most of your life.
Gastric surgery is a last step in the struggle to lose weight. When a person is morbidly obese, meaning that they are 100 or more pounds overweight, they may be a candidate for this type of weight loss surgery. There are cases where some people are too obese to have the surgery safely, and in order to be a candidate, they may have to go on a restricted diet and start exercising, in order to lose enough weight to have the procedure performed without the risk of added dangers.
There are all kinds of myths about gastric surgery that you need to learn about and get cleared up before undergoing the procedure. You need to make sure that all of your concerns have been dealt with prior to the operation, so that you know exactly what you are facing, and what you need to do before and after the surgery in order to make sure that you lose the weight in a healthy way.
Gastric Surgery Myths and Facts
You have probably read or heard a lot about gastric surgery, either in magazines or on television. And you may have heard a lot of facts that are actually quite distorted and do not have a true picture of this procedure and how it works. Here are some of the myths about gastric surgery and the realities behind the myths.
Myth: After I have gastric surgery, I will be thin.
Fact: Surgery is only a tool. It does not make a person thin, but helps them stick to a diet by making the stomach smaller and not able to hold as much food as before.
Myth: Your stomach, or part of it, is removed when you have gastric surgery.
Fact: Actually, your stomach is stapled, or a band is inserted, to make the stomach hold less food. Nothing is removed in normal gastric surgery.
Myth: If I have more than 100 pounds to lose, surgery is my only option.
Fact: Anyone with the willpower can lose weight, even 100 pounds or more. It does take a lot of hard work, and because the process is so slow, many people become discouraged and discontinue their diets. But the weight can be lost in most cases without surgery.
Myth: I will be laid up for months following gastric bypass surgery.
Fact: For most types of gastric bypass procedures, you will only be laid up for a couple of weeks. Then you can go about your normal daily activities, as long as they are not too strenuous at first.