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Bariatric Support Networks: Building Community for Post-Op Support

Mar 14, 2024

Bariatric surgery often leads to significant mental, physical, and emotional transformations. Research has shown that patients who have undergone bariatric surgery tend to have better outcomes when they can share their stories with people going through similar experiences.

“That’s why support groups and online communities play an important role in your weight loss journey,” said Ahmed Attia, D.O., Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery.

Learn more about why bariatric support groups are important and how they can help you adjust to your new life and achieve your goals.

The importance of bariatric support groups

“Bariatric surgery is a unique experience that not only transforms your body physically but rearranges your entire lifestyle,” said Charles McCann, M.D., General and Bariatric surgeon. “The process of preparing for and recovering from bariatric surgery can be difficult. From dietary adjustments to emotional fluctuations, you may face several challenges that your friends and family may not understand.”

Support groups can provide the safe space you need to talk about your challenges without judgment. They can also serve as a compass for your journey and help you cope with post-operative life. In support groups, you can: 

  • Receive emotional support from an empathetic group that understands your journey
  • Gain valuable insights from peers and learn from their experiences 
  • Trade practical advice and strategies

Cultivating a sense of community

Support networks foster a sense of accountability and encourage individuals to adhere to their prescribed regimens and lifestyle modifications. By exchanging success stories and setbacks with one another, support groups help imbue individuals with hope and resilience and persevere despite obstacles.

Beyond the tangible benefits, support groups cultivate a sense of belonging and acceptance, nurturing holistic well-being and self-empowerment.

“Bariatric support groups show that together we are stronger. They bring together people who are on similar weight loss journeys to share advice and support each other,” said Dr. McCann.

Bariatric support groups at Inspira

Adjusting to your new lifestyle can be exciting and, at times, frustrating, which is why Inspira offers several free support groups so individuals can connect with their peers as they prepare for surgery and navigate the ups and downs of recovery.

Discover how our bariatric surgery program can help you achieve lasting weight loss. Learn more or join a support group for guidance and encouragement.

Topics: Bariatric Surgery