The changes in your diet and lifestyle after surgery will last a lifetime. And you'll have a greater chance of long-term success if you surround yourself with people who understand and support your goals.
Help friends and family members understand why you've chosen a surgical solution. Many people are under the impression that weight loss surgery is an experimental treatment rather than one with more than 40 years of history. Direct them to this website or another reputable source of information. It's important that they understand that morbid obesity is a disease and that diets don't work for you.
People who are morbidly obese often report that their spouses, or others close to them, seem to discourage weight loss. These people tend to see your weight as part of your identity. Understand that this is a fear of change. Discuss your reasons for having surgery. Those close to you need to know that your health is at stake, and you will be counting on them to help you during and after surgery.
Ongoing post-surgical support helps patients who have undergone weight loss surgery achieve the greatest level of success. Surrounding yourself with people who share your situation can help you maintain the long-term lifestyle changes required after surgery. Attending a support group is a great way to find answers to your questions, share recipes and exercise tips and receive emotional support. Your surgeon can help you find a support group in your area or online. Learn more about our monthly support groups.