Surgery is NOT the Easy Way Out: A Bariatric Surgeon’s Perspective – ObesityHelp.com

I was at a social function earlier this week and a woman asked me what I do for a living.

“I’m a bariatric surgeon,” I replied.

To which she said, “What do you think about that?  You know, people just taking the easy way out and having surgery for their weight.”

via Surgery is NOT the Easy Way Out: A Bariatric Surgeon’s Perspective – ObesityHelp.com.

Passing this along from a friend…

Of course we’ll take a swing at a reply.  Weight loss surgery is an option.  You’re not going to qualify for it, if the qualification is done from the standards, unless you have repeatedly, verifiably, failed major big time at losing weight, AND you are in a situation where your health is such that you may not have time to try another approach, such that the significant chance of poor surgical outcome is outweighed by the significant chance of impending death from obesity.

We look at it as the emergency option, the nuclear option if all other options have failed.

We also look at it as an unlikely permanent solution, as the reasons for past failures will remain post-surgery and very often will result in significant regain.

The obesity is the symptom and the result of the problem, not the problem itself.  Treat the problem.

You can most definitely life the rest of your post-surgical life in a way that shows we’re completely wrong here.

 

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