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It’s not uncommon for soon-to-be patients to take a moment before their procedure and think, “Help- I’m scared about weight loss surgery.”

Weight loss surgery is considered a major procedure. Whether you opt for the Lap Band or a Gastric Sleeve, the “what-ifs” and apprehension remain the same. Here’s how to ease the jitters before making such a life-transforming decision.

Get Support Before Bariatric Surgery

Getting adequate support before bariatric surgery will be one of the most helpful things you can do for yourself. While support from family and loved ones will be very encouraging, reaching out to prior weight loss patients who are active on message boards and forums can be even more affirmative. You’ll likely have many questions and concerns that only a professional or a previous patient can explain or even relate to. Especially after surgery when your eating habits change and some bodily functions become the norm. Surrounding yourself with individuals that have been there and done that can help ease some of the woes of bariatric procedures.

Understand Why You Made the Decision

Another helpful thing to consider while apprehensive about weight loss surgery is all the reasons that you decided to do it in the first place. Take out a piece of paper and jot down the “pros” and even the “cons” of your decision. Weigh them very carefully. A major surgery should never be considered on a whim. But there’s likely no-doubt this has been something you’ve wanted to do for a very long time. If your bariatric surgery is right around the corner, it’s time to remind yourself how important this decision was (and is) and hopefully encourage yourself to move ahead with confidence.

Talk to Your Physician

Another thing you can do if pre-surgery has your stomach in knots is to reach out and talk to your physician. He should make time for you to discuss the procedure and any of your fears. An experienced bariatric surgeon has dealt with all the same worries over and over again. If he can carve out some time for you and help you sort through the emotional triggers that send you into panic, you’ll likely feel much more at ease before surgery day.

Look Ahead

Worry has the tendency to overpower our lives and even our decisions. If you’re afraid of the procedure, the after, or even the effects a gastric bypass might have on your life, take a few minutes to just breathe and inhale the good and exhale the bad. Remember your body is much stronger than you think, and your spirit has the ability to overcome all of the worry once you shed some positive light on your future. Think about how good you’ll feel, and about all the energy you’re bound to have. Dream about shopping for clothes and wearing things you never could have before. Imagine how comfortable you’ll be sitting down, standing up, and even walking. Look at your children and how happy they’ll be to have a parent who looks and feels more active and involved.

You’ve finally made the decision to change your life! Read our testimonials and get inspired by former weight loss patients who are delighted with their results. Change can be a very beautiful thing.