Changing one’s body image is the primary reason reported by patients for seeking bariatric surgery. Patients are self-driven to pursue surgery but are also influenced by healthcare providers, family, and people who have undergone surgery.
- Before weight loss surgery, determine your own motives for the surgery.
- Based on your decision for the surgery, identify what you want from that surgery and expectations.
- Discuss with your doctor about realistic expectations of the surgery.
- Determine what other changes you can implement before and after surgery to increase well-being.
- Seek support from others who may have been in similar situations to receive realistic feedback from previous surgeries.
Many patients hold unrealistic ideas about how much weight they will lose and thus how their bodies may (or may not) change as a result of surgery.
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