Making the decision to have bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is a significant event in your life. With bariatric surgery, you can reduce your risk of chronic diseases, manage conditions you already have, and enjoy an improved quality of life. The support of your family members and friends is crucial while you make a number of transitions before and after your surgery. Be prepared for your loved ones to have varying reactions to your news.
Discuss Why You’re Having Surgery
Since you’ve struggled with your weight for years, and have likely tried numerous diets and workout programs, it may be easy for you to understand why bariatric surgery is important for you. However, your friends and family members may not realize that you’ve tried weight loss methods before, without success. Help them understand why you have decided to have bariatric surgery. Explain to your family and friends that obesity is a disease that has numerous problems associated with it, such as diabetes and heart disease, and that you’re having surgery to improve your health.
Explain the Changes They Can Expect
Your bariatric surgeon will walk you through the diet and exercise changes you’ll need to make before and after your surgery. Discuss these changes with your family members and friends. Explain that you’ll still be the same person they love, just healthier.
Ask for Their Support
Building a strong support network will help you find success with your weight loss journey. Largo Medical Center offers a support group. Consider asking your spouse or partner to attend with you to enable him or her to gain a clearer perspective on weight loss surgery. Let your family members know that you’ll need to count on them during your recovery period. Ask for their continuing support as you adapt to healthy lifestyle changes.
When you’re ready to take charge of your health with bariatric surgery, contact the Florida Bariatric Centers at Largo Medical Center. Residents of the Largo area and throughout Pinellas County can reach us at (727) 470-6826. We offer support for our bariatric surgery patients, including free educational seminars and support groups.