If you find yourself dealing with extreme weight problems and are considering gastric bypass surgery, we should first mention that gastric bypass surgery is considered a last resort. It is a desperate measure, but as the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures.
When your health is seriously at risk, that is when you should look into gastric bypass. In which case, you may find that you need help “psyching yourself up” to go through with the operation. It’s a little scary going through major surgery, no matter the reason, and you may need the encouragement and confidence provided by a support group.
Luckily, you should be able to find a gastric bypass support group in your area or online quite easily. By sharing your thoughts and feelings with others, by hearing of the experiences others have had with gastric bypass and weight problems, you may be able to build up the courage you need to go through with a potentially life saving operation (and make no mistake, it takes courage to go through with a major operation).
If you’ve already received gastric bypass surgery, a gastric bypass support group will be even more helpful.
When you first come out of the hospital, you’re going to have a lot of major lifestyle changes to make. You’re going to need to stick to a healthy gastric bypass diet, you’re going to need to exercise regularly, and you’re probably going to have to make more frequent visits to the doctor for routine checkups for a period of time after your surgery.
By hooking up with fellow gastric bypass patients, you can find the encouragement you need to stick with a strict and healthy diet and exercise program. If nothing else, you may hear some unpleasant stories of what may happen if you are lax in taking care of yourself after a major operation, and, funny as it may seem, that could be the incentive you need to stick with a healthy lifestyle after gastric bypass surgery.
What you should look for in a support group will be up to you, as so much of it has to do with your own preferences and social habits. To list a few of the things you’ll want to consider though…
Consider your own social habits. Are you a social butterfly who loves huge parties, or do you prefer a get together with a few select friends? Are you always going up to new people to start conversation, or are you more on the shy side? If you find a support group in walking or driving distance, you may want to look into a group based on your social comfort levels. Some groups may have dozens of members while others may focus on an intimate, smaller group. On the other hand, if you are shy, you can use a support group to not only get over the emotional hang-ups involved in gastric bypass surgery, but your social hang-ups, as well.
Assuming you’re going with a live support group and not an online group, you should consider the distance from your home to the meeting site. If there absolutely is not a group in your city, it’s certainly justified to drive to the next town over, but try to find a group within a few miles, first.
Even amongst support groups, let’s face it, some people are just jerks. If there are people in your support group that you just can’t seem to get along with, you should maybe look for another group rather than allowing your time with your support group to become an exercise in anxiety rather than an exercise in personal growth.