Have you been trying to manage your weight for years, but with little success despite exhausting diet and exercise options? If so, you may have started considering surgical intervention.
The Weight Loss Surgery Misconception
Unfortunately, weight loss surgery is still considered pretty taboo although the numerous benefits are well documented. At some point, numerous bariatric patients have encountered misguided comments from individuals who fail to understand the situation. These comments often include statements such as “Surgery is the easy way out” or the well-known “Why don’t you just lose weight naturally?”.
There are certain misconceptions surrounding bariatric surgery and how people perceive those who undergo the procedure. This may make you concerned about whether or not others will be able to tell that you have had weight loss surgery. The simple answer is no, people will not be able to look at you and tell you’ve had an operation. That being said, it is a little more nuanced than that.
Can Anyone Tell That I Had Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
While at a glance it will not be obvious you’ve had surgery, some people may notice your sudden and drastic weight loss. The incision scars for sleeve gastrectomy are very tiny ( four 5mm with one 1cm incision). Additionally, the incisions are similar to those of laparoscopic gallbladder removal. However, one of the biggest benefits of gastric sleeve is the dramatic weight loss that occurs within 12 months following surgery. This weight loss may be a cause for questions.
The Choice is Yours to Tell or Not
Your medical procedures and personal decisions are your own business. You don’t have to share everything with others, and your privacy should be respected. It is essential to inform your spouse and immediate family about your operation. Having a supportive network after the procedure can significantly contribute to your success.
At the end of the day, there is no shame in opting for weight loss surgery; there is nothing wrong with taking your health and well-being into your own hands by choosing to have surgery. Some may not understand why you chose the surgical route and that’s okay! All that matters is that you made the best decision for your health and happiness – for that, you should be proud!
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