What Is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is a weight loss technique designed to help people who suffer from life- threatening obesity, when other treatment methods have failed to succeed.
It is designed for people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 and above, or a BMI of 35 and above together with another health illness, such as type II diabetes or high blood pressure.
There are various types of bariatric surgery, known as gastric band, gastric balloon, gastric sleeve, gastric bypass:
A band is deployed to decrease the stomach’s size, so a smaller amount of food is required to make you feel full
A non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical tool used in the treatment of obesity. In conjunction with a supervised diet it can help you achieve the health and aesthetic benefits associated with weight loss.
Where your digestive system is re-routed past most of your stomach, so you digest less food and it takes much less to make you feel full
Where some of the stomach is removed to reduce the amount of food that’s required to make you feel full
Psychological & Nutritional Support For Bariatric Surgery
Weight loss surgery requires careful food management both before and after surgery. We have worked with numerous clients who feel unsupported once they have undergone a variety of bariatric or weight loss surgery techniques.
Often insurance companies require you have undergone sufficient behavioural change therapy before accepting you for weight loss surgery, and sadly many bariatric surgery providers offer only a limited amount of psychological support.
Our team is experienced in supporting you through the transition in mind, body and eating that occurs with weight loss surgery. We can also support you in finding new ways of managing emotions and stress, instead of using food.
The excitement, relief and joy of weight loss becomes challenged when weight loss starts to plateau or even rebound. Here we are experienced in understanding this milestone, and we can support you in rebuilding new coping strategies, healthy habits and a more balanced headspace.
There are many stages of weight loss surgery, and below we have mentioned conditions pre and post-surgery. Whatever your situation around weight loss surgery, we are ready to listen and understand your own unique situation. We have the experience to help you build a roadmap to a happier, healthier and more balanced life.
Bariatric surgery will transform eating, weight, work, relationships, social life, body image and self-esteem, but patients will need plenty of support and guidance in the time before the procedure.
Weight loss and maintenance is often a prerequisite before surgery takes place. This can be a sensible time to introduce new eating patterns and behaviours.
Food management support and techniques can prepare you for the physical, psychological and emotional requirements of weight loss surgery.
Bariatric surgery is traumatic, and by its nature it forces the patient to eat with restraint and within certain strict guidelines. Strict dietary guidelines are required immediately after surgery, with staged changes in eating progressing during the weeks following.
Managing distress, appetite and hunger are all important aspects of food management. We can support you in your transition to your new relationship with food and eating, teaching you skills and tips to make your journey of change smooth.
Weight loss surgery puts you under huge amounts of stress, and for some this may result in anxiety attacks around food, chewing and spitting out of food, and the development of disordered eating patterns. We will support you through any struggles you have, teaching you new ways to manage your feelings and stress.
Our focus will be to help you balance your diet to meet the ever-changing requirements of your shrinking body and weight. Understanding your activity levels and changes in body mass will enable us to continually update your diet needs, which means your weight loss will be steady and safe.
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