Tips to Prepare Yourself Mentally for Bariatric Surgery

How to mentally prepare yourself for bariatric surgery? Many people are worried about how the weight loss surgery will go or they might end up developing some side effects from it. Doral Health and Wellness has an advanced bariatric clinic that offers laparoscopic surgeries in bariatrics including Gastric sleeve surgery, Gastric bypass surgery, and Sleeve gastrectomy. 

First, bariatric surgeries have a high success rate. Suppose you follow all the pre-operation checklists before bariatric surgery, the chances are extremely high that you will have a successful surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery has the highest success rate between 80 to 90% while other surgeries have a success rate between 60 to 70%.  

So, you don’t have to worry if you follow the procedure correctly and if you are still worried then, here are some tips for you to make you prepared mentally and emotionally for the surgery. Log on to and schedule an appointment.

5 Tips to prepare you mentally and emotionally for bariatric surgery

(1.) Expect realistic results: 

Firstly, set your expectations practically. You won’t lose weight immediately after your weight loss surgery. It is a prolonged process where you must follow a specific diet and lifestyle plan. And results can vary from person to person. Some lose weight faster than others; some tend to take time. So, lower your expectations and trust the process. You might not lose weight immediately, but surely. After the surgery, it takes several months to see the results that you want.  

(2.) Research the possible complications:  

Like other surgeries, weight loss surgery also involves risks. Even if you choose the lowest-risk bariatric surgery, it still has risks. What you can do is research those side effects and prepare yourself for those side effects. Ask the doctor if you can develop those side effects, and how you can manage them. Take all necessary steps to help you prevent those side effects so that you are mentally prepared for the outcome.  

(3.) Manage your mental conditions: 

Some patients gain weight because they do emotional eating. They often find themselves in a situation where they feel stressed and depressed and to release those tensions they start eating. And this same thing can happen when you are preparing for weight loss surgery. You need to follow a specific diet and lifestyle procedure before having the surgery and that makes you stressed and you end up emotionally eating. To manage your mental condition, you need to take therapy from a psychiatrist or counselor. This can prepare you mentally and emotionally for your surgery.  

(4.) Consult everything with your surgeon:  

This can cover every doubt you have about your surgery. This consultation makes you aware of what to expect. How to prepare? The precautions you should take before and after the surgery. How much weight did you lose and when? They give the answers that you are looking for. But be prepared because some answers might be disappointing too. But that is necessary. So that, later, you know what is happening and why? And what is a countermeasure you can take to manage them? The surgeon also prepares you for the surgery and tells you that weight loss is a slow process that needs your efforts to be successful.  

(5.) Build a support group around you: 

Having surgery is a dangerous task. While you’re doing this to improve your health, you don’t need to do it alone. Share all your feelings and thoughts with your family and friends and ask for help from them. They’ll support you, understand you, and motivate you to get prepared for the surgery, help you to prevent your food addiction, and help you with your exercise regime. This support can elevate your mental health and make you ready for your surgery. Ask them to go with you for your surgery so that you fear less and have the surgery successfully. In case you live alone, ask the doctor or surgeon for a mental health support group so that they can help you prepare for the surgery.  

Bariatric surgery is the last resort of treatment that allows you to lose weight and prevent complications. So, you made the right decision to make yourself healthy and fit. While weight loss surgery does include some risks if you follow the above-mentioned tips and pre-operation checklist of bariatric surgery that is prescribed by the doctor the chances of developing any side effects get reduced by a lot.  


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Call us at 1-347-384-5690 to schedule a consultation, or walk in for an appointment at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11212. We have the best bariatric doctors that treat obese and overweight patients. Patients are happy with their results. So, why not you?

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