Bariatric surgery isn’t right for everyone, but it can be an excellent option if you’re morbidly obese and have tried and failed to lose weight through traditional methods, such as diet and exercise alone. Still, there are plenty of myths surrounding bariatric surgery and its risks and benefits—most of which we debunked here—but there are also some misconceptions about what you should do after the surgery is complete. These three common bariatric surgery myths you need to stop believing will help make your journey more successful.
1) Did you know bariatric surgery can be covered by insurance?
You might be surprised to learn that bariatric surgery is covered by insurance. In fact, nearly 50% of all gastric bypass procedures are covered by insurance companies. This means that you may be able to get your surgery and lose weight without paying a dime out of pocket. According to recent studies, insurance can cover anywhere from 60-85% of your gastric bypass surgery costs. If you’re considering getting a bypass but worried about how you’ll pay for it, talk with your doctor about what kind of coverage is available in your area.
2) Did you know there are less invasive options available before even considering surgical options?
If you are considering bariatric surgery, you may have read about how incredibly effective it is in helping with weight loss. While you may be ready to take on such a big change, are you really prepared for what lies ahead? There are lots of myths about bariatric surgery that need to be debunked before you make a decision like whether or not it’s right for you. Many think that surgery is their only option if they want to lose weight, but in reality, there are less invasive options available before even considering surgical options. Although surgical options do work, they also come with risks—from nutritional deficiencies and gallstones to pulmonary embolisms and death.
3) Did you know some medications (such as heartburn meds) interfere with weight loss surgery?
Although these medications are available over-the-counter, it’s important that you check with your doctor before taking them if you have a scheduled weight loss surgery. And while they can help with problems like heartburn, they actually interfere with weight loss surgery by interfering with your body’s absorption of food. These meds need time in your system in order for them to be absorbed—if you take them immediately after eating, they could reduce your body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly and thereby affect weight loss. Talk to your doctor about your specific medications and when it would be best for you not to take them. Of myths surrounding bariatric surgery and its risks and benefits—most of which we debunked here—but there are also some misconceptions about what you should do after the surgery is complete. These three common bariatric surgery myths you need to stop believing will help make your journey more successful.