Posted - December 1, 2017

Fear of Weight Loss Surgery

Fear and Weight Loss Surgery

FEAR – the number one drawback people have when deciding to undergo a weight loss procedure. Fear of something going wrong, fear of change, fear of the unknown…

Fear is normal and a crucial part of our human nature’s defense system. It is wild and is capable of taking over rational thinking, especially if it is fueled by lack of knowledge or incorrect information.

The best way to deal with anxiety or the primal instinct of fear is to be informed and learn about the facts.

A Few Facts Concerning Fear, Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery

Fact #1:
You currently do things every day that are riskier than having weight loss surgery.

Not doing anything to address obesity is far more dangerous than undergoing a surgical procedure.

Fact #3:
Less than 1% of people who qualify for weight loss surgery under go a procedure.

You Are an Everyday Daredevil

Driving your car, riding the bus, eating out at a restaurant, going on a walk…each of these normal activities are significantly more dangerous than having weight loss surgery.

According to the National Safety Council, your odds of dying from:

  • A motor vehicle accident – 1 in 88
  • Food poisoning – 1 in 130
  • Falling – 1 in 171
  • Pedestrian (walking down the street) – 1 in 649

Your odds of dying from a complication in weight loss surgery are 1 in 1,000. Yes, your morning commute is 11X more dangerous undergoing weight loss surgery. These statistics are somewhat alarming and you might now consider yourself quite the risk taker!

The Obesity Epidemic

The truly troubling statistics are health related risks associated with moderate to severe obesity. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 1 in every 3 American Adults (36.5%) are considered obese.

Obese individuals are at high risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke—and they are the leading causes of death in obese people. Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. 1 in 3 people will die of heart disease. 1 in 6 people will die of cancer.

In 2012, 1.5 million people died from diabetes…30 million Americans currently have Type 2 Diabetes. These statistics are truly disturbing…and these numbers are directly related to obesity.

What We Should Fear is Doing Nothing

You are at a much higher risk of death or a life full of complication if you remain overweight or obese, than if you undergo a surgical weight loss procedure.

Not only is weight loss surgery safer than all of the health related issues associated with obesity, but it actually prevents the top 3 most dangerous health complications (heart disease, cancer, diabetes).

The Safest Weight Loss Procedure with the Best Results

The Duodenal Switch (DS) is a procedure that is producing amazing results with little to no complications. Weight loss after surgery can be dramatic at first—one can expect to lose 0.5 to 1lb every day or 40-90 lbs by the first 3 months!

Weight loss often peaks at the 12-18 month post-op mark. People who have had the DS have eliminated or significantly reduced the odds of developing many health conditions—a few of which are: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, premature death and many more.

A few benefits: The DS cures 98% of type 2 diabetes cases. It reduces the odd of an obese woman developing cancer by 50%! It is proven to significantly improve ones psychological well-being. It also allows you to eat somewhat normally after surgery with high protein and fat content encouraged.

People who have had the Duodenal Switch say: “Now in my life I feel like I can do anything, I have high expectations for myself because my obesity is no longer holding me back…”

“My life since having Duodenal Switch (DS) surgery one year ago is absolutely wonderful. I mean that! It’s better then I could have ever imagined.”

“I feel VERY strongly that the DS is by far and away the BEST bariatric surgery available today, both in how well it works, and in the quality of life it provides.” 

“The DS has changed my life in so many ways. I now have the confidence to get out in the world and be seen. I play with my kids, have energy, and have even run in a 5k race with my son! I had ben approved for surgery in 2005, and 2 weeks before, called and cancelled – I was terrified. After another round of losing and regaining weight, I decided to try again, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself! I’m so glad I didn’t let fear stop me, because I would be barely living if I had.”

Don’t let your fear of what could happen make NOTHING happen – which is exponentially more dangerous than what could happen…

See if you qualify for a weight loss procedure covered by insurance.