Is Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss Right for You??

From time to time, a friend or colleague will ask me what I think of bariatric surgery. Formerly often called "stomach stapling," the procedure done now is more likely to be gastric bypass or lap-band surgery. Too often, those asking about it clearly are not appropriate candidates for this surgical method, which can lead to substantial weight loss. There are misconceptions about what it's for and what life will be like afterward.

I think there is no way to properly prepare someone for the seriousness of this type of surgery and the life changes that will follow.

The Myth

The biggest myth is that bariatric surgery will make it easy to lose weight and keep it off. Celebrity examples of successful weight loss, Carnie Wilson and Al Roker, are walking advertisements of how you could look after having surgery. This makes bariatric surgery seem like plastic surgery or a more involved cosmetic procedure.

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