Many successful bariatric surgery patients say that their support network helped them maintain their new lifestyle changes.
Getting Support from Family and Friends
The first step in getting support is talking to your family and friends about bariatric surgery. You might find that they are completely supportive, or you might find that they are not.
If they are not supportive, it may be due to fear. They may be concerned about your wellbeing and may think that bariatric surgery is risky. If your family or friends are unsupportive, take a few moments to talk to them further. They may only know the myths of bariatric surgery. Explain to them why you are considering bariatric surgery and share with them the risks of surgery after education.
Lastly, consider taking them with you to a support group. That way, they can hear first-hand from bariatric surgery patients and learn about their experiences.
Attending Support Groups
Please check our calendar for support groups.
The support groups in our office are run by office staff including our nutritionist. Support groups are an excellent resource. You will find people who have similar wellness goals, who want to celebrate your success, and who support you in challenging times. Support groups are devoted to these common experiences, so you can share your feelings in a safe environment.
Online Support Groups
More and more bariatric surgery patients are going online for support. It is a wonderful way to reach out to people. However, there are a few “watch outs”:
- Support should mean support: Some people may share ways for “cheating” bariatric surgery, or use the group to complain endlessly. This isn’t healthy or productive. Seek out healthy role models and limit contact with people with negative attitudes.
- Look for support, not medical advice: Some people will take on the role of “the expert.” Be aware that they are not healthcare professionals, so be cautious to take healthcare advice from them.
Be cautious and always use your best judgment.