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Bariatric Surgery Support: Groups and Other Methods

Bariatric surgery can have life-changing benefits, but its effects can also be extremely challenging. In order to remain positive and healthy, bariatric surgery support, whether in the form of groups or other methods, is highly recommended. It is one of the key components that can keep patients motivated throughout their recovery and their ongoing weight loss journey. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center, located in Tijuana, Mexico, offers assistance, guidance, and tips on finding a support team that will help you keep the weight off, and achieve the very best results possible. 

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A workout partner can provide motivation and help patients maintain their results.

Find a Support Group

Undergoing bariatric surgery, or any type of surgery for that matter, can be a very stressful and emotional time for some patients. By finding a group of individuals who are experiencing the same weight loss and life changes, even prior to the procedure, patients can find the support that is necessary to keep them focused. With the assistance and guidance of support groups, patients can freely discuss their personal journey and seek advice on some of the important questions they will have at this time. 

By establishing a support group, patients can find comfort, motivation, and the positivity that is necessary to keep them focused on their weight loss journey.

As more and more patients are undergoing bariatric surgery, a greater number of support options are growing in popularity. Online forums can be a great alternative or supplement to local groups that meet in person. These spaces can also make it easier to share personal stories and are great for patients with tight schedules. 

Involve Friends and Family

The healthy habits and lifestyle changes that are necessary after bariatric surgery require patience, dedication, and consistency. Patients experiencing these changes, both physically and mentally, are advised to seek encouragement from family members and friends. By involving those closest to you, you can lean on someone when you find yourself struggling and need help getting back on track. Friends and family can be great sources of emotional and physical support, if necessary. 

Discuss Lifestyle Changes

Self-preparation, both mental and physical, is an important aspect of your overall recovery, but preparing friends, family members, and those closest to you is also very important. Prior to the surgery, it is recommended that patients discuss what to expect before, during, and after bariatric surgery. Lifestyle changes are an easy place to start.

Your new, healthier diet may be different from what some friends and family are used to. For example, letting your sister know that you'd prefer she not bring your favorite triple-chocolate cake to your next birthday party can help you avoid temptation. In addition, activities that have become routines in a relationship, such as going out for ice cream or drinking at the bar, may be replaced with cooking more at home or joining the gym near your house. 

Take the First Step Today

The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center has extensive training and experience in helping bariatric surgery patients find the support they need. To learn more or schedule your consultation, please contact us online or call us directly at (800) 970-0577.

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