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Support Advice for Loved Ones

Support advice for those helping a loved one lose weight

The most successful bariatric surgery patients have a strong support network. For those of you who have a loved one suffering from morbid obesity and interested in the surgery, your encouragement is essential to helping the patient reach his or her goals. In fact, we’ve found, the stronger the bariatric support network, the greater the success.

Advice from our Support Network

  • Research the surgery thoroughly. Understand the risks and the benefits. The potential patient will ask you questions. The better you are prepared to answer the questions, the more confident you will be and the more supportive you will be throughout the process.
  • Offer to attend one of Geisinger’s bariatric seminars with the potential patient. This will show your support and give both of you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure.
  • Be supportive by adopting a similar diet or exercise routine leading up to the surgery. Even taking 15 minutes a day to go on a walk with your friend will establish a camaraderie that will show your support and help him or her lose the necessary weight leading up to the surgery
  • Keep in mind that this is a lifestyle change. Eating is frequently a large part of the lives of the morbidly obese. Food has roles other than nourishment. You can help by encouraging the bariatric patient to participate in some type of activity that will help him or her pass the time. Volunteer to share this activity with him or her.

Your support and encouragement are crucial in helping your loved one reach long-term success. Many individuals fear they will not have the encouragement or will power to follow through with the surgery and follow-up commitments. It is important the patient knows you are there and will help him or her through this commitment to a healthy lifestyle!