The Importance of Family Support After Bariatric Surgery
When going through any type of major life changing experience and it is always great to have the support of people you love. For some, asking for support from family might seem like a frightening ordeal, and there may be some cases in which support from the family may not be the best option. But for those who do have family around who can be supportive, it is suggested as a way of both helping the family feel closer throughout the experience and to aid in overall recovery after surgery.
By letting your family know how important they are to you in the bariatric surgery process, you give them the opportunity to feel valued and to show you value.
Potential Family Opportunities
Not only can getting the family involved help to gain a sense of value and appreciation, but it can also serve as an opportunity for positive change in lifestyle for everyone.
By involving family members in the process, you provide them with the chance to learn more about bariatric surgery and develop a better understanding of just how it works. In some cases, another family member may be so impressed that they decide to undergo surgery along with you.
A clinical study at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey shows that siblings who undergo bariatric surgery together lose 30% more weight than those who go it alone. The study also showed that siblings can lose 40% more weight than the usual patient.
Another benefit to getting the family involved is that it can raise awareness of beneficial lifestyle changes. Even if bariatric surgery isn’t an option for the family, adopting healthy lifestyle habits and becoming more active together can be a great option.
When getting family members involved in your weight loss surgery journey, it can be wise to specify just how you’d like them to help. Having a sibling hold you accountable for cheating on your preoperative and postoperative diet,
provide motivation to be active, or to help you vent about emotional struggles you have over time can make a tremendous difference.
You can even get certain family members to join in on some healthy lifestyle habits. Perhaps you have a cousin who goes to the gym and could use a workout partner. Maybe you have a sister who loves to make healthy substitutes for meals.
When you specify ways in which your family members can help you, the guesswork is removed and it creates new ways in which you can bond.
Gain an Extended Family Through Support Groups
If you still want to seek out additional support and you desire to have a community you can go to at times of need, a support group can be a great option as well. Here at Mexico Bariatric Center, we have a closed group on Facebook for those who undergo bariatric surgery with our company. Support groups such as this can serve as a great place to make new friends, get answers to questions you may have, as well as share your progress after surgery through before and after photos.
Former Bariatric Patients, Share Your Experience
If you underwent bariatric surgery and want to share about the support you received from your family and overall lifestyle change you made together, please do so in the comments below!
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