“Surgery is not the easy way out”

People who may have tried and have not had success in defeating severe obesity simply by decreasing their caloric intake while increasing their amount of physical activity, should not feel discouraged.

When it comes to the effort it takes to lose weight, everybody has their own opinion, but make no mistake, it’s an “upstream battle”. There is no “easy way” to lose and keep the weight off permanently. Statistics are grim and consistent when it comes to this subject. Losing important amount of weight and keeping it off over the long term is extremely hard to accomplish. The only method that has proven to work effectively for long term weight loss is bariatric surgery.


There is plenty of scientific information to confirm this, but sometimes support to go ahead with bariatric surgery is not always there. We frequently hear from patients at our facility that friends, family, coworkers and the people close to them, refer to bariatric surgery as the “easy way out” vs. dieting and exercise alone. However, nothing could be further from the truth, surgery implies a lifelong commitment that involves nutritional support, exercise, and monitoring to ensure a good outcome.

Most weight loss procedures produce the majority of the expected weight loss within the first year after having the procedure, because of their ability to limit caloric intake and/or absorption, but if measures are not taken to ensure a healthier life style with all its implications, weigh gain can occur. This measures (or good life style changes) usually become second nature for most bariatric surgery patients. Make no mistake; if a person does not adopt good eating habits, weight gain will surely occur again.

Fear is another reason why people opposed bariatric surgery even if they call it “the easy way out”. Although no surgery is 100% safe, bariatric procedures have become routine surgery mainly due to the advances and standardization of surgical techniques, yielding results that are comparable to those of routine gall bladder removal.

Well-thought decision

The decision to go ahead with bariatric surgery is not taken lightly by any person that suffers from obesity, regardless of the obstacles he or she may have to endure to get the procedure. In our bariatric practice we have never meet an inidual who hasn’t been on several weight loss diets, exercise plans with or without professional supervision, and the results are in most cases moderate to important weight loss and weight regain.

Weight loss surgery generates weight loss, but it is by no mean a magic bullet. Patients still have to work to make permanent lifestyle changes that are needed to maintain a healthy weight. The difference is that, with the benefit of bariatric procedures, losing large amounts of weight and keeping it off is now obtainable for most patients.

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OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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