Joining a support group before and after your bariatric surgery can be helpful for various reasons.

Validation
For many people, the decision to undergo bariatric surgery is never easy. Even after you made the choice, you may still find yourself having hesitations or questions in mind. You may have questions like “will I be okay?” or “is it worth it?”

Attending a support group doesn’t just help in answering some of your practical questions; members can also validate your decision to undergo bariatric surgery. You may find people in the group who have had a similar experience as you. Their perspective and experience may help you find peace in your decision.

Emotional support
Your family and friends may be able to offer you emotional support but they could never understand what you’re going through unless they’re bariatric surgery patients themselves.

As members of a bariatric group have similar experiences, it can feel easier to share your struggles and find support from them.

Support groups are great places to find encouragement, compassion, and understanding.

Education
Support groups aren’t just for shared experiences, they are great places to learn. Some bariatric support groups have a structured agenda at certain times to discuss a suggested topic. In many cases, they bring in a professional or a reliable resource to help address the questions you have in mind for the set agenda.

Accountability
It’s not unusual for bariatric patients to slip back into old habits, regain a few pounds, and get discouraged. In situations like this, bariatric support groups become more valuable. With monthly check-ins, they can help you stay accountable for your weight loss goals.

New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville partners with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery. Parkwest hosts regular support groups for bariatric patients on the 3rd and 4th Monday of each month. Space is limited, so registration is required. Call (865) 374-7275 for meeting topics or to register for a session.

If you’re considering weight loss surgery, attend or watch our free bariatric seminar. Get started today! Visit https://www.newlifebariatricsurgery.com/get-started/

New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. New Life is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery, part of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.