When you commit to an effective, long-term method of weight loss, you also commit to a myriad of changes in your life. Some changes are purely internal and emotional, while others can be seen clearly in your day-to-day routine. Whether you are undergoing gastric bypass surgery
, sleeve gastrectomy, or any other of our bariatric procedures, there is no denying that the treatment process can seem overwhelming.
To help our Orange County patients transition into this new chapter of their lives, Dr. Naim offers monthly support groups at no extra charge. Although meetings are not mandatory, many patients find the resources of a support group invaluable at a time when questions and concerns seem to constantly arise. If you have recently undergone weight loss surgery at our clinic or are looking into a future procedure, we urge you to consider the benefits of this resource.
Answers to Common Concerns
Although everyone is unique, many patients share similar concerns prior to and following bariatric treatment. Some questions in particular are very common for potential candidates or those who are about to undergo surgery:
Is this the right decision?
What will others think of me?
Is it safe?
Are the results worth it?
What should I be concerned about?
What should I do now?
Many of these questions are ultimately up to you to answer, and some of them can be answered by Dr. Naim. Nevertheless, all of these questions could benefit from the first-hand experience of someone who has gone through the same procedure as you. For many of our meetings, we invite past patients to join prospective candidates to share their experiences and address your questions. Even having others at the same point as you can be helpful, as you may find that your personal concerns are shared by others - simply finding common ground in these matters is an excellent way to gain perspective for yourself.
Bariatric surgery is a major step toward losing weight, but it’s up to patients to adopt a new, healthy lifestyle to ensure long-term results. Diet and exercise are the key components of post-surgical success, which are not always easy to maintain. By meeting with others who are in a similar situation, it is easier to find the motivation and encouragement to keep your weight stable. Patients can set goals together, share tips on nutrition, find friends with whom to exercise or go to the gym, and exchange tips on how to adapt to such lifestyle changes.
This motivation is especially important in the years following weight loss surgery. As time goes on, the effects of surgery have less of a direct impact on the body, forcing patients to take continued responsibility for their weight and health. With a little support, you can continue to stay focused and preserve your results, rather than fall back into old habits.
A support group can certainly offer practical tips and advice for post-operative success, but perhaps the most valuable part of joining a group is the therapeutic benefits. Body-image is a large portion of one’s identity, and any significant changes to one’s body can have an equally large impact on his or her mindset. The ways in which people view themselves and how others view them are subject to change, even if subconsciously. Talking through these experiences with other group members is both enlightening and relieving, as meetings provide an atmosphere of understanding that may otherwise be difficult to find.
Learn More about All Our Services
We aim to make your entire weight loss experienceas comfortable as possible, both physically and emotionally. If you have any immediate questions or concerns about our procedures, we would be glad to assist you. For a more in-depth explanation of what you can achieve with us, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naim.
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