Why Is Counselling Recommended Before Bariatric Surgery?

Obesity is as common as cough and cold. It is no more limited to the people considered ‘lazy’ to move and exercise. Anyone from a working professional to a homemaker to a student can suffer from it. Maybe not everyone is an obese, but being overweight is no good news either.

However serious and intense it may sound, the good news is that as more and more people are accepting the situation, more and more ways are being developed to control the situation. One of the most effective being – Bariatric Surgery.

Performed as either a gastric sleeve surgery wherein a part of the stomach is permanently removed, or as a gastric bypass surgery wherein the stomach and intestine are dissected, bariatric surgery has helped many people regain health and reclaim their life zestfully. But, the journey is not an easy one. This surgery is not a quick fix where you go under the knife and emerge slimmer and healthier. Rather, it is a life altering procedure where you do go under the knife, but make conscious changes in your dietary habits, exercise regime, and overall lifestyle to lead a life that is full of good health and leaves you in a much better shape.

Many studies observe bariatric surgery as an effective method to treat metabolic disease and conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, etc., in morbidly obese patients. And the benefits are not limited only to the patient. The changes made by the patient reflect on his/her family members too, making them more conscious about their health. In order to avail such benefits, it is crucial that the patient knows everything that there is to bariatric surgery to make a sane choice and alter his/her life for betterment.

A multidisciplinary approach like this weight loss surgery requires conscious commitment to ensure lasting results. A thorough counselling not only assess the physical aspect of a patient, but also evaluates the mental and emotional state to help them understand and prepare for the long recovery ahead.

Weight loss transforms the body’s anatomy along with affecting many psychological aspects which is why counselling sessions before bariatric surgery are highly recommended. A healthy recovery is dependent on a healthy mindset, and counselling does exactly this. Change perceptions into positive outlooks which help change habits, self-monitor every progress after bariatric surgery, decrease emotional eating, manage substance abuse, teach stress management, and find ways to stay motivated for the years to come.

The counsellor based on the patient’s existing understanding of nutrition and after evaluating lifestyle needs devises a plan to reduce the number of complications after the surgery. This not only supports the patient during the surgery, but especially for the next crucial 12-18 months when their body and mind will go many positive changes.

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