7 Misconceptions About Stomach Reduction Surgeries | Wellbariatric

7 Misconceptions About Stomach Reduction Surgeries


1) Being overweight is enough for me to have a stomach reduction surgery.

No, it is not enough. This has a limit set by the world health organization. This limit is determined by whether you are included in the degree of obesity known as BMI (Body Mass Index)  which is based on the value obtained by dividing your weight twice by your height. If this value is above 35, you can have surgery, or if it is in the range of 30-35 and you have accompanying diseases, you can still have surgery like type II diabetes.

First, let’s give an example for BMI measurement. Your weight is 96 and your height is 1.64.

96 / 1.64 = 58.53

58.53 / 1.64 = 35.7, this value is the BMI of a person with a height of 1.64 and a weight of 96. And since this person is over the obese border, he/she is in a position to be operated.

Surgery is considered to be a last resort. If your excess weight creates serious life difficulties, you have tried diet and sports and have not been successful and you are above the body mass index stated above, you should consider surgery.

2) Stomach reduction operation is enough for me to radically change my life.

No,by itself is not enough. Stomach reduction surgeries gives people an opportunity and chance  to have a new life. It enables them to reach their ideal weight. Teaches proper nutrition and satisfaction with weight loss. But that’s not all. In order to stay at this weight, it is up to people to change their eating and drinking habits, to support the change with regular sports and to make the change permanent for life.

3)Stomach reduction operation is a very risky operation.

No,it is not. It is a very safe operation with an experienced doctor and operating room team, quality materials, appropriate technique, and a well-equipped hospital. It is superior to diet for fast and effective weight loss.

4) There is no risk of stomach reduction operations.

Of course this is not true either. Every surgery has its own risks. Such as bleeding, leakage, stenosis, embolism, wound infection. However, all these risks can be reduced to very, very small possibilities with an experienced doctor and his team who have performed these operations for a long time. The quality of the materials used, the equipment of the hospital and the experience of the team are of great importance in this direction.

5) After the operation, I can drink whatever I want.

It is absolutely not true. Immediately after the surgery,while still staying in hospital we will talk about the nutrition not related to one you recieve in hospital than the one you will recieve after you leave the hospital. Because you do not have the choice since the hospital feeds you with its own choices,according to your post op period.  So it is very important to talk about period after you go home. For example, if you have undergone tube stomach surgery, you will take 85% of your stomach and take precautions to avoid eating too much and not getting hungry. In other words, nothing prevents you from drinking coke or hot chocolate or eating other high-calorie liquid foods that do not take up space in the stomach. So auto control is in your hands in this direction. Otherwise, you will not see any benefit. In addition to acidic and sugary beverages, it is also very important to stay away from all kinds of foods with low energy content in your diet and to eat high value-added protein. The recommended food for soft and liquid foods are as follows : yogurt, potatoes, oatmeal, canned chicken or tuna puree, baby food, scrambled eggs.

6) Drinking water in the postoperative period increases my vomiting and nausea.

On the contrary, drinking water in the postoperative period will help reduce nausea and vomiting as well as speed up wound healing.


7) As soon as I feel better after the operation, I can start sports immediately.

No, you can’t. Since feeling better is a matter independent of the healing rate of metabolic wounds, you can start brisk walking 1 month after the recommended surgery, and after the 45th day you can do the sport you want.


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