Myth #1: Bariatric surgery is a “Quick Fix” for major weight loss
While bariatric surgery can result in a dramatic change in physical appearance, it also requires a lifelong commitment that will produce a healthier lifestyle. The Surgical Weight Loss Center at DeKalb Medical offers various surgical options and your surgeon will give a one-on-one consultation about each surgical procedure as well as test your current BMI, current and past health history, lifestyle habits and any other variables before determining whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. Many people are under the assumption that surgery for weight loss is an “easy way out” for those suffering with obesity, but creating and keeping a healthy lifestyle post-surgery is required in order to claim success. Bariatric surgery can provide the extra ‘push’ that people who have been struggling with their weight for many years need.
Myth #2: I don’t need to attend any support groups post-surgery
Deciding to have bariatric surgery means receiving the proper education and consideration, but it doesn’t stop right after you have surgery. Most likely your lifestyle is about to make a 180-degree turn in the other direction and making this a successful outcome is extremely difficult on your own. Support from family and friends is, of course, important, but what is even more vital is the educational support you’ll receive from the staff at DeKalb Medical and fellow patients who are going through the same challenges and experiences you may be facing. The medical team at The Surgical Weight Loss Center will make sure to walk you through what foods to purchase, the amount of food that you can eat, what and how much exercise you need and ultimately will personalize a plan to get you where you need to be to achieve your goal successfully.
Myth #3: I will have to take too much time off of work
Receiving surgery of any kind means planning for a time period of recovery at home where you are able to rest. However, many patients, especially those receiving laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, are able to return to work within a week or two and can begin to return to normal activities within a few days. The key to bariatric weight loss management is to follow your surgeon’s guidelines, and our Atlanta-based weight loss center can help you determine specific guidelines unique to your own situation.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, let the experts at DeKalb Medical help you. Attend one of our free educational seminars held at our Surgical Weight Loss Center on our North Decatur campus or speak with one of our staff members today by calling 404.501.LOSE.
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Surgical Weight Loss Center at DeKalb Medical
1045 Sycamore Drive
Decatur, GA 30033
Dr. Scott Steinberg is the Medical Director for Bariatric Surgery. He attended Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and received specialized training from Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, Staten Island University Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Dr. Qammar Rashid received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and her specialized training from Howard University Hospital, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Miami Ryder Trauma Center. She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.