White Rock Medical Center provides the real facts about bariatric surgery


DALLAS, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Everything you’ve heard about medical surgery isn’t true. Misunderstandings and biases persist about bariatric weight loss programs.

“The truth is, bariatrics is safe, evidence-based medical care for metabolic disease. Choosing an accredited organization helps ensure you receive safe, high-quality care,” said Charlotte HodgesMD, director of bariatric surgery at White Rock Medical Center.

Dr. Hodges shares five common myths and the truth on bariatric surgery.

MYTH 1: You should be able to lose weight on your own.

DO: Obesity is a complex disease. Several factors play a role, including genetic, biochemical and physiological factors. Environmental, cultural and socio-economic issues also contribute to the development of obesity.

Leave behind shame and blame. Consult a medical expert to determine if a medical solution is right for your situation.

MYTH 2: Most people regain weight.

DO: There are people who have regained weight for various reasons. But most people maintain their new healthy and active lifestyle. Studies show long-term success with lifestyle changes and guidelines recommended by your doctor, dietitian, and healthcare team. A comprehensive bariatric program can provide some of the tools needed to maintain health for years to come.

MYTH 3: Surgery is riskier than weight.

DO: Quite the opposite is true. A high body mass index (BMI) is a risk factor for poorer quality of health and a shorter lifespan. Obesity is a metabolic disease associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also impacts musculoskeletal health and can lead to orthopedic issues.

Although all surgery has risks, bariatric surgery has been shown to be as safe as many types of common surgeries.

MYTH 4: Surgery is the easy way out.

DO: Bariatric medical care is a tool on the road to health. Regardless of how it is achieved, weight loss requires a long-term commitment to a healthy lifestyle. If surgery is an option, know that post-surgery life includes mindful and balanced nutrition, mental health support, physical activity, and other changes that not only improve weight, but also your health and fitness. general well-being.

MYTH 5: You just have to find a good deal because all bariatric clinics do the same surgeries.

DO: Your health journey should be specific to you. Look for a doctor who can help you create a personalized care plan based on your needs.

Start by finding a center accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. To earn this national accreditation, a center must meet rigorous medical care requirements that show positive outcomes and quality of care. Learn more about bariatric accreditation at www.facs.org/quality-programs/mbsaqip.

About White Rock Medical Center

White Rock Medical Center is one of 11 healthcare facilities in the United States accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center with Adolescent Care and Obesity Medicine by the Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, a program of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Visit: www.whiterockmedicalcenter.com.

SOURCE White Rock Medical Center


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