Dispelling myths of bariatric surgery


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) Many people start out the new year with a plan to transform their lives by losing a lot of weight and give lots of different diets a try. Sometimes, they don’t consider bariatric surgery because of the myths they’ve heard about it.

Erica Phelps is a Registered Dietician with our experts in weight management at Mercy Health, she joined eightWest to help dispel some of those myths.

Myth: You’ll live on protein shakes forever. Truth: All patients have to do a liquid diet before and after surgery, partly to help with the healing process. Once patients are a couple of weeks post-surgery, they are weaned off the liquid diet because ideally patients should eat a normal diet.

Myth: You have to eat a high protein diet. Truth: Patients are encouraged to eat a protein-emphasized diet. Patients are actually asked to eat gram-for-gram less than a normal diet.

Myth: Bariatric surgery is the easy way out. Truth: Bariatric surgery is a tool to help patients. It can help patients achieve weight-loss faster. If patients don’t follow a healthy diet, exercise, and take their vitamins, it won’t work.

Myth: You’ll need to purchase special food. Truth: Healthy eating does not need to be more expensive. Dieticians will work with patients to help them learn what to look for in their local grocery stores.

Myth: It will be difficult to eat with family and friends. Truth: There will be a time period when your diet is restricted. Dieticians will work with patients to show them the kinds of meals they can make that will fit in their new healthy lifestyle.

Join Mercy Health for a free weight-loss seminar:
Thursday, May 1, 6:00 pm
Mercy Health Muskegon



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