Health Report 6/23/13 Bariatric surgery

June 23rd, 2013

Bariatric surgery is on the rise with an estimated 177-thousand surgeries performed last year, nearly four-times the number performed four years ago.
But even with this surge in surgeries, there's still a lot of misconceptions about it.
Let's set the record straight and bust the top five weight loss surgery myths.

Kathrine Carr says: "I think we have a few more surgeries."

You'd never know now, but busy nurse Kathrine Carr struggled with her weight for most of her life.

Kathrine, "I completely understand what it was like to be that heavy person. To have trouble shopping in regular clothes."

Kathrine Carr had bariatric surgery. At 5-foot-7, Kathrine's weight peaked at 252 pounds!

Kathrine, "I tried every diet possible." 

Then five years ago she opted for bariatric surgery and her battle with the bulge turned into fighting stereotypes, and our first myth.

Kathrine, "Probably the biggest one I heard was I was taking the easy way out." 

Doctor David Podkameni says nothing could be further from the truth.

Dr. Podkameni, MD FACS Banner Gateway Medical Center, says: "You still have to diet. You still have to exercise. It's not going to work by itself." 

Myth 2 - You can't have surgery if you have diabetes. People who undergo bariatric surgery are three to four times more likely to have their Type 2 Diabetes go into remission over those receiving intensive medical treatment alone.

Myth 3 - Weight loss surgery will make you lose weight. On average, patients lose about 60-percent of their extra weight.

"Bariatric surgery is just a tool over the whole process."
Myth 4 - It's all cosmetic.

"It has to do with a change in metabolism. It has to do with influencing remission of diabetes, treating sleep apnea, treating high blood pressure and hypertension." 
Our final myth - Weight loss from surgery is permanent. Some regain is likely. For Kathrine, it's been 20 pounds. But she's still lost 100 pounds and kept it off.

Kathrine, "That's plenty."

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