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Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery

How we can support you

At The Hope Space, we understand that when you make the decision to undergo bariatric surgery, you are committing to your overall health, which encompasses both physical and mental well-being.

Numerous studies have shown that individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery report improvements in their mental health. After the surgery and subsequent weight loss, many individuals experience a more positive outlook on themselves and their future. They may feel a stronger emotional bond with their partner, have increased energy to dedicate to their children, or exhibit enhanced motivation in their professional lives.

Research has indicated that the positive impact of bariatric surgery on mental health is more likely to occur when patients have a stable support system consisting of loved ones and healthcare professionals to rely on post-surgery.

Conversely, when patients have good mental well-being, they are more likely to achieve positive outcomes in terms of weight loss. Physical and mental health work synergistically in a continuous loop, with improvements in one area benefiting the other.

However, the effects of weight loss surgery on self-esteem, self-concept, and body image can be complex. Even if you experience a generally positive outlook after the surgery, the actual outcomes may not align with your initial expectations.

 

Despite losing weight in a healthy manner, your body might not resemble what you envisioned. You may experience anxiety if you are uncertain about the pace or amount of weight loss within the expected timeframe. It is possible to be overly critical of yourself or struggle with following the instructions provided by your healthcare team. Having a strong support system can be transformative in addressing these concerns.

As bariatric therapists, they offer assistance in a range of pre and post-surgery psychological areas, including:

  1. Facilitating changes and establishing new habits in preparation for surgery.

  2. Understanding and developing strategies to manage emotional eating.

  3. Addressing psychological concerns that impact coping mechanisms and eating behaviours.

  4. Cultivating new coping skills.

  5. Managing and adapting to the changes that arise after surgery.

  6. Enhancing confidence and self-esteem.

  7. Dealing with body image concerns.

  8. Addressing problematic eating patterns after surgery, such as binge eating, food aversions, and restrictive eating.

  9. Sustaining weight loss achievements.

  10. Overcoming setbacks and regaining momentum in the event of weight regain

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