GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) - Thousands of people each year have bariatric surgery, yet many myths continue to circulate about the procedure itself and life after having it. If you're considering weight loss surgery, it's important to know the facts, so eightWest invited Erica Phelps, a registered dietitian with Mercy Health, in studio to talk about myths vs. facts.
Myth: Bariatric surgery is the easy way out.
Fact: Weight loss surgery is a tool. You still have to diet and exercise. It's not going to work by itself.
Myth: My insurance won't cover bariatric surgery.
Fact: Coverage varies by state and insurance provider, but many do cover some or all of the expenses associated with the surgery.
Myth: You must live on liquids or 'special foods' forever.
Fact: You will need to eat a restricted diet immediately after surgery
Myth: Bariatric surgery is dangerous.
Fact: While there are risks associated with all types of surgery, the fatality rate for bariatric surgery is less than 0.5%.
Myth: You will be sick all the time after having bariatric surgery.
Fact: If you follow your doctor's orders, illness shouldn't be an issue.
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