Part of any successful bariatric surgery is after-care and lifestyle changes. Surgery itself is just one part of the weight loss process; it is the tool that the patient receives to kickstart weight loss and be able to manage it appropriately. True success is measured by the lifestyle changes that are implemented following surgery; and a huge part of that success is the involvement of the patient’s family members.
The importance of support following surgery can’t be overstated; it is absolutely crucial for a patient’s success. It provides them the footing on which to build their new life and a safe place in which to share. Weight loss surgery and the life that follows is an emotional journey; just as much as a physical journey. A community of support is integral to the process.
So how can family members prepare for their loved one’s bariatric surgery and their recovery?
- Learn about the surgery they are having as if you were having the surgery yourself. It’s important to understand what to expect leading up to the surgery as well as the day of the surgery.
- Talk to their doctor about how to give the best care following surgery. How can you help them stay comfortable? How can you help them manage pain? What should you be looking for in terms of any complications or infection?
- Support them by implementing and maintaining after-surgery dietary goals. This is a new life and having the entire family involved in making the change can dramatically increase their chances for long term success.
- Provide as much emotional support as possible. People who have undergone weight loss surgery will experience a range of emotions through their journey and it helps to have a strong and supportive community surrounding them where they feel safe to share and work through what they’re feeling.
We invite prospective patients and their families to attend one of our free seminars and please feel free to contact us at the Nicholson Clinic for more information about what to expect from bariatric surgery.