The vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a rising star in the world of bariatric surgery. Unfortunately, with popularity comes confusion.
That’s why today we’re going to bust a few of the most common vertical sleeve gastrectomy myths!
Many people believe that all types of bariatric surgery, but VSG especially, are cure-alls. Once you receive the procedure, you can go back to unhealthy habits and still achieve weight loss, right? MYTH!
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a tool that amplifies healthy behavior. It works best when paired a regimen of with proper nutrition and exercise.
Even when paired with exercise, your sleeve isn’t going to compensate for an unhealthy diet.
More often than not, patients who ignore their nutritionist’s advice regain the weight they lose. Establishing and following a plan is the best route to success!
At the other end of the spectrum, we have the extreme of eating “too well.” This is definitely an extreme, and by no means will you be expected to stop eating carbs and fat.
Yes, you will need to moderate your intake of carbs and fat, but remember – they are vital to your health. Nutrition is a balance! Talking to your nutritionist will help you develop a meal plan that will work for you – fats and carbs included!
Patients who get a vertical sleeve gastrectomy can continue to lose weight for up to 18 months post-surgery.
Because most weight is lost during the first half-year, people seem to think the period of loss is only 6 months. However, there is still opportunity to lose weight long after that period is over.
When your body becomes accustomed to your new diet and daily habits, your weight loss may hit a plateau.
Weight loss takes time and effort. There are no easy fixes.
You can break through plateaus, but it requires work: pay attention to what you’re eating, change your diet, mix up exercise routines.
Shaking up the status quo can help you forward.
As time goes by, you might notice that you’re able to eat more than you could right after surgery. Many people assume it’s because their stomach is stretching back to what it once was – this is false!
Your stomach will be able to accommodate more food, but will not be able to hold the capacity it once did.
After dramatic weight loss, patients occasionally experience an excess of skin. Often people think they need plastic surgery to rectify their appearance post-surgery.
That’s not always the case! It depends on your specific situation.
At University Bariatrics, we want you to live the healthy life you desire.
We are skilled at performing the vertical sleeve gastrectomy – as well as gastric bypass – and can be the answer to your weight-loss problems.
Now that you know the truth about the VSG, it’s time to take the first steps of your weight-loss journey. Reach out for a free consultation anytime: https://www.universitybariatrics.com/contact-us/