Obesity is becoming commonplace in the United States, and because of this alarming trend, you will hear many alarming falsehoods about surgical weight loss interventions.
The laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is one of the surgical procedures that can be used as a tool to aide your weight loss. It has recently gained popularity in the weight loss community, and because of this many myths have started floating around.
With a little research and an open conversation with an accredited bariatric surgery team, you can obtain the information that you need to make the best decision for your weight loss journey and the subsequent list can help ease your mind while making your decision.
5 Common Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Myth Demystified
1. You have to be over 300 pounds to qualify for a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
The guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) consider anyone with a body mass index over 30 to be obese. However, your weight is not the only factor to be considered when you are being screened for a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Other health conditions, like diabetes and sleep apnea will also play a role in the decision making process. If you have a BMI lower than 30, you may not qualify for weight loss surgery, but every case is different.
2. Insurance does not cover weight loss surgeries, including the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
Insurance companies use the guidelines set by the NIH when determining whether to cover weight loss surgery. If you have comorbidities that have been causing you many health issues, your insurance company will weigh the cost of having the surgery to prevent further obesity related illnesses against the cost of allowing you to remain overweight and unhealthy. Every insurance company has different guidelines, so consult your provider to determine what steps you will have to take to have your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy covered.
3. Pregnancy is not possible after having a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
While it is not recommended to become pregnant for at least 18 months after having weight loss surgery, you will still be able to have children after your weight loss stabilizes. Your body will be going through many changes for the first two years after surgery, and your hormones will be going wild, and you should use two methods of birth control until you hit your two-year anniversary, since many of the fertility issues that you faced while overweight start to disappear as soon as your shed those excess pounds.
4. A laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is a miracle cure
Weight loss surgery is just a tool to help you achieve a healthier, thinner, and happier you. If you do not use your tool properly it can fail you. The hard work starts well before you have your laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, since you will have to commit to a healthier lifestyle that includes eating better, exercising more, and following the instructions of your bariatric team. These changes must become habits that will follow you throughout the rest of your journey.
5. You will not gain weight after having a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
Weight loss surgery is only a tool to help you achieve your desired weight loss. If you continue making bad food choices and remain sedentary you will continue to gain weight. It is important that you start making a game plan long before surgery, so you can establish healthy eating and exercise routines that you can carry along with you throughout your weight loss mission.