Misconceptions about Gastric Sleeve & Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico By Juan Hidalgo on July 24, 2019

misconceptions about weight loss surgeryObesity is a disease that occurs when a person carries excess weight or body fat that might affect their health. Obesity is defined when the person’s BMI (Body Mass Index) is 30 or above whereas the normal range is between 18.5 and 25. So, this disease is often linked to serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even some types of cancer.

Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass Surgeries are great options and tools for obese people to lose weight and change their life. However, misconceptions about these kinds of surgeries keep many people from pursuing them, even when they are effective ways to treat the disease known as obesity.

The common misconceptions of gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery are the following:

  • Stay away from Gastric Sleeve or Bypass surgeries, good diet and exercise regimes work just as well.

Losing and keeping off many pounds requires an intense commitment to diet and exercise that very few people can maintain. Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass helps make extreme weight loss more achievable.

  • Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass surgeries are a waste, you regain the weight.

Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery are tools, not a magic bullet. Surgery is the beginning of the patient’s weight loss journey. Most weight loss patients maintain successful weight-loss long term, especially if they have made the choice to change their habits and lifestyle. Most patients can lose more than 50% of their excess body weight with these tools and some up to 90%. In addition to this, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass patients perceive improvement in the quality of life because it does not only help them to lose weight, it also helps with health diseases related to their obesity. Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Patients must be committed to the recommended healthy diet plan and habits life-changing after surgery to be a success.

  • Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery is risky and has a long recovery.

The risk of these surgeries is low. Actually, it might be riskier not to have the surgery because of all the diseases that comes with being obese, and as your body size increase, longevity decreases. It is important to mention that as with any serious surgical operation, the decision to have Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass surgery must be discussed with the specialist and family members.

  • It does not matter which type of surgery you have

Every surgery is specifically recommended to a patient depending on their BMI and medical situation. A gastric sleeve, for example, is ideal for a patient with a BMI of 30-45, where a gastric bypass is ideal for patients with a BMI of 45+.

  • You will need plastic surgery after Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery

With the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, there is no big scar left on your body, because they are done through laparoscopy, or small keyhole surgery.

It is important to mention that not everyone ends up with a large amount of excess skin after losing weight following Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery. So not everyone will be required to have plastic surgery, and remember living an unhealthy lifestyle with obesity is much worse than undergoing plastic surgery after you have removed 100+ pounds of weight from your body, heart, and other organs.

  • Many Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass patient become alcoholics after their surgery

Only a small percentage of weight loss surgery patients claim to have problems with alcohol after surgery due to alcohol sensitivity increase during the rapid weight-loss period. For that, weight loss surgery patients should follow certain precautions regarding alcohol after surgery recommended by their surgeon.

  • Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass surgery patients have serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Weight loss surgeries can lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals by reducing nutrient intake or by causing reduced absorption from the intestine. However, health problems due to deficiencies usually occur in patients who do not regularly follow their appropriate diet and the use of supplements recommended by their surgeon.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your weight loss journey before and after your Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery in Mexico as well any revision surgery options you may need if you are not satisfied with your current weight loss results. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.


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