Life after bariatric surgery can be different. This is why having a strong support system is important after weight loss surgery. While your family and friends can be a part of it, nothing compares to being part of a group that has been in your shoes.
Joining a bariatric support group after surgery can benefit you in a multitude of ways. They can offer:
A weight loss surgery is just the beginning of a healthier you. Depending on the type of surgery you have, it can help you lose weight by restricting the amount of food you can take, affect the absorption of nutrients, or a combination of both systems. However, to sustain the weight loss, you have to commit yourself to lifelong changes.
These changes can initially be overwhelming and challenging especially if you’ve lived a completely different lifestyle. Joining a support group can help you with this.
These people know exactly what you’re going through and can offer you support, tips, and encouragement by sharing what worked for them. The group can also be a safe place to share your progress and/or vent out frustration or struggles.
- Emotional Support
Life after bariatric surgery may at times feel lonely. You may feel misunderstood with your struggles in having to deal with a lot of changes – physical, mental, emotional.
A support group can be a great place to find people who can provide you with encouragement, compassion, and even validation with your decision to undergo weight loss surgery.
A support group can provide you with more than just emotional support and encouragement. It can also offer you an opportunity for learning.
From time to time, support groups would invite a resource speaker – whether it’s a physician, psychologist, physiologist, or a nutritionist to provide you with more helpful resources. Some support groups also invite guest speakers to talk about cooking, eating, or grooming.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery offers a private Support Group Facebook page, as well as in-person monthly groups hosted by the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery staff. For more details visit https://www.newlifebariatricsurgery.com/life-after-surgery/support-groups/ or call (865) 374-7275.
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.