Change after Bariatric Surgery

July 30, 2012

There are many considerations and variables to take into account before and after weight loss surgery. There is one constant in the process, however and that is change. The fact is that no matter the surgeon, patient or the procedure, the patient’s life will change significantly after surgery. It is up to the individual to determine if that change will be for the better or if it will be a struggle

Lifestyle changes are the biggest and most visible of the changes after bariatric surgery. Lifestyle changes include revised diet and exercise regimens that may seem drastic for those who have not been eating healthily or exercising regularly. The adjustment to a healthier life, through proper diet and exercise, can be very difficult at first, but also yields amazing results both in general health and aesthetics as our bodies change.

There are many intangible benefits too, including increased confidence and expanded social opportunities. While it’s hard to quantify, these benefits they can be stunningly obvious in certain cases.

The best long-term results usually manifest in patients who embrace the fact that their lives must change after bariatric surgery. Now, many of us have understood that bariatric surgery is a change in and of itself, but not all of us are willing to make the full lifestyle commitment that is necessary for success. Those who embrace the changes in their lives understand that bariatric surgery is not a magic bullet and all of the challenges that they experience through the weight loss process are a means to a very satisfying end goal.

Those who are scared of the changes that they must incorporate into their lives, will often scare themselves into failure. Ultimately, as with most major decisions in life, including bariatric surgery and it’s aftercare, the patient must use the resources around them especially friends and family to manage the change in their lives.  Be sure to make the most of this exciting time in your life to ensure long-term weight loss and disease resolution.

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