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Why It’s Important to Have a Support System for Weight Loss Surgery

By Michael Fastiggi, MD | August 4, 2022

Having a support system for weight loss surgery can help you stay on track, keep you motivated and celebrate milestones with you along the way. At New Jersey Bariatric Center we encourage our patients to establish a circle of support early in the process because the months and weeks prior to your surgery are a very exciting and important time when you begin lifestyle changes. Having the support early on can set you up for long term success beyond surgery.

Identify Your Support Circle

Think about the people around you who are supportive. Maybe it’s an immediate relative or friend. Or maybe it’s a neighbor who’s caring and always willing to help. It could even be a coworker, or people that you meet through social media support groups. Start by letting them know that you’ve made a decision to live a healthier life and ask for their help as you begin to prepare for your journey.

How Your Support System Can Help

Support can mean cheering you on as you lose weight, helping you stick to your new eating plan. Or, it could even joining you in your new healthier lifestyle changes. For instance, if you think it’s going to be difficult to break the habit of drinking soda after surgery, the earlier you start to cut back and eventually eliminate soda, the easier it will be. And having an accountability partner who understands the support you need and even suggests healthier options can help. The same can be said for healthy meal plans. The people you spend time with can even benefit by following along with you and learning how to prepare foods the same way. 

Invite Them to Your Appointments 

A great way to include your support system is to bring them with you to your appointments. This way they can learn about the process and feel closer to you on your weight loss journey. Your surgeon, physician assistant and registered dietitian will explain the surgical procedure and the dietary and lifestyle changes. They will also answer any questions about how your circle of support can contribute to your success. 

Find Support at NJBC

At New Jersey Bariatric Center, every patient is paired with a patient navigator who helps them every step of the way. Our navigators help with everything from verifying insurance, going over criteria and scheduling appointments. Our doctors, physician assistants, dietitians and entire medical staff are available to answer any questions about the process. After weight loss surgery, we offer more ways to help you achieve long term success. Our Tuesday Talks support group meetings and our private Facebook community connect you with others who are on the same journey. You can share experiences and get ideas to help stay motivated. For meal planning and healthy recipes, our team of registered dietitians provide tips every month on our blog. 

With a strong support system around you, you will be better positioned to achieve your happiest and healthiest weight. For more questions or to make an appointment, call our office at 908-481-1270. 

Dr. Michael Thomas Fastiggi is board certified in general surgery, with advanced fellowship training in bariatric surgery, foregut surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. He attended medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and was elected into both the Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism honors societies. Dr. Fastiggi then completed his general surgery residency training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. After graduating residency, he went on to do a fellowship at Cleveland University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He performed bariatric surgical procedures, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures.
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