Counseling before and after weight-loss surgery can provide you with the support that you need if you have decided to have bariatric surgery.
Before you have weight-loss surgery, we guide you and provide you with the tools for you to understand what to expect and how to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, many of the patients that we see, are emotional eaters, and surgery alone, won't provide them with the tools they need to lose the weight and keep it off.
Working with us or several months before the procedure can help set you up for long-term success following surgery.
In addition, "bariatric surgery" is a broad term used to describe all types of weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, placement of an adjustable gastric band and a procedure known as a duodenal switch, among others.
Although the techniques used in each vary, all are considered important procedures that carry serious risks and have side effects. Going through counseling beforehand can help determine if having such surgery is the best choice for you.
In preparation for your bariatric surgery, you'll work with a counselor who specializes in helping people prepare for weight-loss surgery. She can identify and assess risk factors that could make it hard for you to make the lifestyle changes you need to lose weight and keep it off long-term.
Research shows that about 70 percent to 80 percent of people who have bariatric surgery are successful at losing weight and keeping it off for five years after gastric bypass surgery. However, the stress and busyness of life can sometimes make long-term weight loss difficult. Over time, you may notice that you're slipping back into eating and lifestyle habits that are not healthy. You might find yourself reverting to old habits.
With the tools of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Nutrition Counseling, and guidance to help you stay on track with your exercise program, you can stay focus on healing yourself, and ensuring a lifelong changes that will help to prevent diseases, and keep you healthy for the rest of your life.
These sessions involve, counseling targeted to help you improve your chances of being successful after surgery.