Preparing for weight loss surgery is a big deal and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Anyone preparing for surgery of this kind has certainly done their homework with regard to all the details surrounding this procedure. We do our research to find the best doctor, learn everything we need to know about the weight loss surgery we have chosen, and start putting together a plan for our new after-surgery lifestyle. But there’s one big component that can make the biggest difference when it comes to preparing for surgery and that is talking to others who have been through the very same experience.
Reaching out to others who have undergone weight loss surgery can offer unique insight into what you can expect from the procedure. In fact, this is probably the best information you can get prior to having the surgery.
So how do you go about finding someone to talk to about your upcoming weight loss surgery?
Support groups are a big part of the weight loss surgery community. There is tremendous transformation that goes along with such a procedure – both physically and emotionally – and it’s important to surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through and what you’re feeling. That’s why support groups play such an integral role in the process. Your weight loss surgery center should be able to recommend a local support group that can help you:
- Prepare for surgery. You certainly have plenty of questions about what is to come. It can be scary to sign up for surgery of any kind especially one as life changing as weight loss surgery. Starting a support group prior to surgery can provide you with a starting point to a new life and give you an outlet for asking the questions you want answered before you enter the operating room.
- Understand what to expect immediately following surgery. Right after surgery, things happen very fast. You’re following a doctor-prescribed diet, you’re likely sore from the surgery itself, and you’re probably overwhelmed by it all. A support group can help you navigate these new waters.
Provide you support in the longterm. Ongoing success means adopting a new lifestyle and remaining committed to that life. A support group can help hold you accountable and provide insight into what to expect weeks, months, and even years down the road from surgery.