Attention to the false facts in Obesity Surgery
There is a lot of wrong information about obesity surgery spreading from ear to ear. After the surgery, strong drugs will be used for life, surgery risks leading to loss of life are a few of these. All this information can cause him to hesitate to undergo laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. This situation causes these people to live together with serious diseases caused by high weight.
Contrary to popular belief in society, thanks to today’s technological advances and experience, the risk of obesity surgery is not higher than in other gastric surgeries if performed in full-fledged hospitals and specialist hands. Moreover, if patients follow the diet and sports programs recommended by experts, they can get rid of a large proportion of their excess weight, such as 70 – 95 percent, within 1 year. However if the nutrition and exercise programs recommended by the experts are followed regularly after the operation! For this reason, experts at every opportunity articulate the truth about the incorrect and incomplete information about obesity surgery.
The incorrect information believed about obesity surgery in the society is as follows;
“False: Anyone with excess weight can undergo obesity surgery!”
True: There is a belief that anyone who is overweight can undergo obesity surgery. For example, a person who weighs more than 20 kilos may want to have an obesity surgery to achieve the ideal weight. However, obesity surgery is not performed for cosmetic purposes, but for people to live a healthy life, so it is not applied to every overweight person. According to the criteria reported by the World Health Organization; Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeding 40 kg / m2, or between 35-40 kg / m2 and diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea syndrome accompanied by such diseases are considered as candidates. In addition, people undergo a very detailed examination to determine the underlying factors of obesity problem and to have an idea of their eating habits and psychological status.
False: Obesity surgery carries risks that may cause loss of life
True: Contrary to popular belief in society, thanks to the techniques developed today, the risk of obesity surgery is no greater than that of gastric surgery performed because of any disease if the surgery is performed in a full-fledged hospital and in the manner prescribed by the World Health Organization. If there are additional risk factors that accompany obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and the formation of clots in the veins, the necessary measures are taken to reduce the risk to an acceptable level. The risk of death due to obesity surgery is less than 2 per thousand, which is almost close to gallbladder surgery.
False: My friend has lost a lot of weight, so I’m going to have surgery with the same technique
True: There are several types of surgery applied for obesity. The most common types of surgery are sleeve gastrectomy (gastric tube), gastric bypass (reduction of the stomach and connecting to the small intestine). Although the patient’s preference is taken into consideration, after many evaluations, experts decide which method to perform, because the most basic factor in the success of the surgery is to apply the correct method to the patient.
False: With obesity surgery, I could achieve my ideal weight immediately
True: We emphasize that obesity surgery should not be considered a magic wand. The surgery is applied to people who have difficulty in losing weight and failing despite diet and sports. Therefore, it is very important for people to have healthy eating habit and exercise regularly after surgery. When people follow the diet and exercise program recommended by experts after surgery, they can lose 40 percent of their excess weight within 6 months and 75-90 percent in 1 year.
False: It’s not possible to have obesity surgery for the second time
True: People who gain weight because they do not follow the diet and exercise programs given after the surgery are worried that they will not be able to have the surgery again. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to have obesity surgery for the second time. Depending on the operation performed, the same operation or another method of surgery can be performed. For example, if the patient has gained weight after sleeve gastrectomy, an x-ray can be taken to evaluate the condition of the stomach and sometimes be changed into gastric bypass.
False: I will need a lifetime of medication after obesity surgery
True: Obesity surgeries contribute to weight loss by reducing absorption and/or restricting food intake. In some techniques, for example, in surgeries that affect absorption, such as gastric bypass, bilioenteric bypass, people may need iron medication and certain vitamin supplements such as vitamin B 12 and D. They do not give an extra burden to the person since they are given by serum every 2-3 months or taken temporarily by mouth. In restrictive procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy, vitamin use is generally not required after 1-2 years.