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Weight Loss Surgery: The Myths and Facts


For many people, losing weight - and keeping it off - can be a lifelong struggle. As health researchers have discovered, weight loss is not always a simple matter of cutting calories or exercising more, and being overweight isn't merely a sign of lack of willpower or poor self-control. Obesity is now recognized as a complex chronic disease that can be caused by many factors. Although there is no magic solution, there is a medical solution. Bariatric (weight loss) surgery can be an effective way to lose weight and regain control of your health.

MacNeal Hospital, in Berwyn, offers bariatric surgery, as well as medical weight loss options, which can help patients maintain a healthy weight and treat weight-related medical conditions.

“What sets us apart from other programs is the collaboration of the multidisciplinary team. The surgeons and the hospital staff come together to support the patients,” said Yvette Cisneros, BSN, RN, Bariatric clinical coordinator at MacNeal. “We want to see our patients to succeed. As a bariatric patient myself, I can say that personal touch is very important.”

MacNeal shared some common myths and facts about weight loss surgery:

MYTH: Most people regain the weight:

It's true that some people may regain some of the weight after surgery, but studies show that you can be successful long term if you follow the lifestyle changes and guidelines recommended by your physician.

MYTH: Surgery is more dangerous than remaining obese:

The opposite is true. The heavier you are, the shorter your life is likely to be, thanks to conditions related to obesity (diabetes, heart disease, cancer). While all types of surgery carry risks, weight loss surgery has been proven to be as safe or safer than many types of common surgeries, including gallbladder surgery, hysterectomy and total knee replacement.

MYTH: You should be able to lose weight on your own:

This is a misconception. For many people, diets may frequently fail or you can't lose enough weight to have a positive impact on your health.

MacNeal Hospital

3249 S. Oak Park Ave.

Berwyn, IL 60402

(708) 783-9100