Pop Quiz — Test Your Knowledge of Top Bariatric Surgery Facts

This quiz is based on the list of Bariatric Surgery Misconceptions compiled by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

True or False: Additional cosmetic surgery may be required to help your skin “catch up” after losing a large amount of weight.

True! After bariatric surgery, you can expect a lot of change in your body’s physical appearance in the first 6 to 18 months. Because your body weight will be decreasing rapidly during this time, patients are typically advised to wait 18 months before undergoing plastic surgery.

True or False: Up to 50% of bariatric surgery patients report regaining a small amount of weight after surgery.

True; however the ASMBS points out that this is due to many lifestyle factors and that the weight regained within two years after surgery is rarely more than 5%.

True or False: Bariatric surgery can reduce the risk of obesity-related death by 89%.

True! This research, also conducted by the ASMBS, found that undergoing weight-loss surgery increased longevity and decreased a number of life-threatening, potentially fatal conditions including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, some cancers, and more.

True or False: Obesity is considered a “progressive” disease, meaning the effects it has on the body results in the body converting more food to fat than is needed.

True. One of the many complexities of obesity is that weight gain can lead to a number of hormonal, metabolic and molecular changes in the body that change the way it utilizes fat. This means an increase in sugar that’s converted into stored fat and a decrease of food used as energy for normal body functions. Some bariatric surgery work to rebalance the metabolism by altering the digestive track, while others do so only by restricting the amount of food that can be consumed at a time.

True or False: Chronic sleep loss, extended periods of stress, and many prescription medications can also affect metabolism and lead to weight gain.

True; obesity is a disease that is also highly affected by lifestyle conditions that do not involve food choices. It’s also important to note that, while obesity is a disease that cannot be altered with typical diet and exercise habits, a conscious focus on whole health is necessary for success with bariatric surgery.

As you can see, “the truths” about bariatric surgery and obesity in general are many and complex. Choosing bariatric surgery is not a simple decision and requires a lifetime commitment to whole health. Our bariatric team are here to support you with advice, resources, counseling and more. For more information on these bariatric surgery facts and the weight-loss procedures we offer, contact Olde Del Mar Surgical.

Ready to take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle? Schedule your consultation online or call (858) 457–4917 today.

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