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Dr. Melanie Hafford performs bariatric surgery in Irving, Texas, and has helped countless individuals regain their health through surgical weight loss. We encourage you to learn more about the various surgery services we offer. When you are ready, Dr. Hafford will help you decide on the best bariatric surgery option for you.

Hafford Bariatrics in Irving, TX offers a number of gastric procedures. Click on any of the procedures listed below to learn more about what the service involves. If you have any questions about any of our operations, please contact us.

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Still Not Convinced?

There are plenty of misconceptions about bariatric surgery. Here are a few of these misconceptions explained.

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Facts about Dr. Hafford

  • Specializes in bariatric surgery
  • Also offers minimally invasive general surgery.
  • Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Member of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
  • Nationally recognized for her achievements

banner2Misconception 1: Most people who have metabolic and bariatric surgery regain their weight.

While up to half of patients may regain a small amount of weight, longitudinal studies have found that the majority of gastric bypass patients maintain successful weight loss long-term. Those patients that do experience weight regain typically only see a 5% increase to their new weight.

placeholder_300.jpgMisconception 2: The chance of dying from surgery is more than the chance of dying from obesity.

In reality, if your BMI is greater than 40, your risk of death dramatically increases. Individuals with severe obesity frequently develop associated medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and even certain types of cancer. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery see up to an 89% reduction in long-term mortality, whereas the risk of death post bariatric surgery averages 0.13%.

placeholder_500.jpgMisconception 3: Surgery is a cop-out for the morbidly obese

The National Institutes of Health has recognized that long-term weight loss and the ability to maintain weight loss is nearly impossible for those affected by severe obesity by any other means other than bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries are effective in maintaining long-term weight loss because these procedures offset certain factors that are in part responsible for rapid weight regain after dieting.

placeholder_300.jpgMisconception 4: Bariatric patients have serious health problems due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Bariatric operations can indeed lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals due to a reduction in absorption of the intestine; however, nutrient deficiencies following surgery can be avoided with appropriate diet and dietary supplements. Nutrient guidelines for different types of bariatric surgery procedures have been established by the ASMBS Nutritional Experts. Dr. Hafford takes the time to counsel patients both before and after bariatric surgery on proper supplements and nutrition requirements.

placeholder_300.jpgMisconception 5: Obesity is an addiction similar to alcoholism or drug dependency.

Although some individuals are affected by eating disorders, the vast majority of individuals are obese due to a variety of complex factors. There are often many issues affecting an individual’s weight including psychological issues, genetics, social factors such as access to healthy affordable foods, chronic sleep loss, and medications. Obesity also causes more weight gain. Excessive weight gain triggers hormonal, metabolic, and molecular changes in the body that increase the risk for even greater fat accumulation.

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banner2Misconception 1: Most people who have metabolic and bariatric surgery regain their weight.

While up to half of patients may regain a small amount of weight, longitudinal studies have found that the majority of gastric bypass patients maintain successful weight loss long-term. Those patients that do experience weight regain typically only see a 5% increase to their new weight.

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placeholder_300.jpgMisconception 2: The chance of dying from surgery is more than the chance of dying from obesity.

In reality, if your BMI is greater than 40, your risk of death dramatically increases. Individuals with severe obesity frequently develop associated medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and even certain types of cancer. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery see up to an 89% reduction in long-term mortality, whereas the risk of death post bariatric surgery averages 0.13%.

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placeholder_500.jpgMisconception 3: Surgery is a cop-out for the morbidly obese

The National Institutes of Health has recognized that long-term weight loss and the ability to maintain weight loss is nearly impossible for those affected by severe obesity by any other means other than bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries are effective in maintaining long-term weight loss because these procedures offset certain factors that are in part responsible for rapid weight regain after dieting.

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placeholder_300.jpgMisconception 4: Bariatric patients have serious health problems due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Bariatric operations can indeed lead to deficiencies in vitamins and minerals due to a reduction in absorption of the intestine; however, nutrient deficiencies following surgery can be avoided with appropriate diet and dietary supplements. Nutrient guidelines for different types of bariatric surgery procedures have been established by the ASMBS Nutritional Experts. Dr. Hafford takes the time to counsel patients both before and after bariatric surgery on proper supplements and nutrition requirements.

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placeholder_300.jpgMisconception 5: Obesity is an addiction similar to alcoholism or drug dependency.

Although some individuals are affected by eating disorders, the vast majority of individuals are obese due to a variety of complex factors. There are often many issues affecting an individual’s weight including psychological issues, genetics, social factors such as access to healthy affordable foods, chronic sleep loss, and medications. Obesity also causes more weight gain. Excessive weight gain triggers hormonal, metabolic, and molecular changes in the body that increase the risk for even greater fat accumulation.

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Do you have questions? Concerns? Ready to get started in your journey to better health? Contact us today and find out of bariatric surgery is right for you.