PSYCHOLOGY AND WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
Psychology and weight loss surgery in combination are of great benefit to overcoming obesity. In fact, we believe that seeing a psychologist is a vital component of your weight loss journey. The support of a psychologist who is experienced in the unique needs of patients undergoing the process of metabolic surgery can be invaluable. This is because obesity is a complex disease, and physical, psychological and lifestyle factors all contribute to it.
What is the Role of a Psychologist in My Weight Loss Surgery?
Combining psychology and weight loss surgery can help you both prior to and following your surgery. This will ensure you get the best outcomes.
Notably, patients who work with a psychologist to help build knowledge and skills related to their lifestyle and body image have been shown to have a higher success rate at keeping the weight off in the long-term.
Prior to your Surgery
It is important to assess and understand the psychological factors that may negatively impact the outcome of your bariatric treatment. Your Psychologist can then advise the best course of intervention to help you to achieve the best long-term weight loss outcomes. This process can help you to be prepared for your surgery and the changes that will be part of your long-term weight management.
Following your Surgery
Change on any level can be complicated, but with weight loss surgery, you are undergoing a life-changing event. Surgery is by no means a quick fix for obesity. There is work on many levels to achieve lasting wellness. But with the right support on your side, you have a greater chance of success.
A range of factors can impact your weight loss outcomes, as well as your mental health following surgery. This can include:
- motivational difficulties
- behavioural issues
- poor body image
- low self-esteem;
- social changes;
- depression and more.
The help of a mental health professional experienced in the bariatric patient journey can be invaluable in tackling possible hurdles.
Your psychologist can give you the right tools to support a new way of life and a new way of eating. This is further enhanced when combined with nutritional advice and a tailored exercise regime.
Psychology and Weight Loss Surgery: A Plan for Your Success
We find that this holistic approach to your post-surgery treatment can support weight loss outcomes. But most importantly getting support in all facets of your life helps you to feel positive, and optimistic about the new you that is emerging.
Your surgeon and an allied health team, along with your GP, can help celebrate and support your successes and journey towards a healthier life.
Do you have fears about life after surgery?
Or questions about what changes could take place mentally after a bariatric procedure? Come and have a confidential chat with a surgeon about your concerns, and get a better idea if surgery is right for you. Contact a surgeon near you.