You are not alone! The prospect of any type of surgical procedure will cause us to feel anxious. And despite wanting the procedure, almost everyone has anxiety before weight loss surgery.
You may worry over what the weight loss surgical procedure entails. And you may worry about potential complications. This is especially frightening when hearing of family members who contacted wrongful death lawyers after any sort of surgery went wrong. So you may worry about safety or how weight loss surgery will affect your life.
These worries are perfectly normal. But you must quell your anxiety if its a major roadblock to getting weight loss surgery. Thankfully there are a number of things you can do to calm your fear.
#1: Remember the benefits of weight loss surgery
Excess weight loss is just one benefit of bariatric surgery. But the following linked article shows there are many additional benefits too. Your chance of good health will be significantly improved. You are less likely to have joint pain at a healthy weight. And there is the likelihood of better heart health and diabetes control.
Also, most of us are self-conscious about our obesity. And you will start to feel more confident after weight loss. So think of the positives when you start to doubt your decision to have weight loss surgery. And you might gain better peace of mind.
#2: Talk to your bariatric surgeon
Address your fear with your bariatric surgeon and your primary care physician in face-to-face consultations. Write down your concerns beforehand and go through each one during the consults. Hopefully your doctors will put your mind at rest. If you leave the appointment not feeling better about surgery then phone or email them for further clarification. And don’t hesitate to book another consult if other concerns start to worry you.
#3: Talk to people who’ve had weight loss surgery
Speaking to people who’ve had bariatric surgery is always useful. You’ll gain first-hand information from people just like you who understand your worries. Reach out to friends, family and work colleagues who have bariatric surgery experience. Go online and join a relevant forum or Facebook group to connect with people who’ve had weight loss surgery. You’ll benefit from their real-world experience.
#4: Read our success stories
We have lots of information on our website that can help put your mind at rest. But our patient success stories deserve special mention. Learn from the experiences of real people and consider the ways in which bariatric weight loss surgery changed their lives for the better. Let their stories inspire you! And remember them when you start to get worried.
#5: Practice relaxation techniques
Breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga are a few relaxation techniques to use when anxious. Practice these when you need them but turn them into a daily health habit, too. Over time, you will experience less anxiety when triggered. And do other things that relax you. Read a good book, watch feel-good movies, and keep up with your hobbies. These will distract and calm your anxious mind.
Anxiety before weight loss surgery is normal
Anxiety is perfectly normal. But it can lead to added weight gain if you self-soothe with comfort eating. So its best to deal with it before it becomes a problem. Follow our suggestions and look for further advice online, including articles that can be found on our website.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life