While we strongly encourage patients to attend support groups, it is important to remember that support is an all-encompassing ecosystem after surgery – not just monthly meetings. Of course, support group meetings are one part of the ecosystem, but there’s so much more that you can rely on to enhance your success after the procedure.
First, be sure to rely on us, your medical team, for any questions or concerns you may have. That’s what we’re here for. We will endeavor to answer your questions as best we can, and we look forward to supporting you throughout the postoperative process. Your success is also our success, and we want to see you win.
From before surgery, we will also encourage you to create a support system from friends and family members who understand why you are having the procedure and what your goals are. This should be composed of those you can rely on to help you through the challenges. This will not include people with whom you have a toxic relationship or those that bring you down. The psychological challenges of losing weight and hitting your goals are difficult enough as it is, and you don’t need anything distracting you from your goals. Choose your support group carefully, make them a part of your life and keep them close. Learn more about psychological considerations after bariatric surgery.
You may also wish to consider professional support in the form of therapy or a counselor. Working with a mental health professional can help you overcome any significant impediments standing in the way of your goals. These can include body dysmorphia, understanding and keeping motivation, and managing the relationships in your life. Remember that you have probably used food as a crutch for years, if not decades, and reversing that is not easy. Don’t go at it alone.