The Friends You Make on a Bariatric Journey

Posted on: August 16th, 2018 by Our Team

Deciding to undergo bariatric surgery with Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. During this life-changing procedure, patients find that the journey is filled with support – from old and new friends alike. Keep reading to learn more about the friends you’ll make on your bariatric journey with Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA!

Seeking Support Post-Procedure

Losing weight is never easy, but at Advanced Surgical, our surgeons and staff will support you during your journey, every step of the way. Before undergoing bariatric surgery, your surgeon will tailor the program to your individual needs. Unlike other bariatric surgery programs, Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics is one of the safest programs in the entire country. This means that we have a complication rate that is significantly lower than the national average. Your bariatric surgeon will also use state-of-the-art technology, ensuring you receive the best care possible.

After your surgery, you will continue recovering and interacting with our fantastic nurses and office staff. You’ll be required to schedule follow up appointments to make sure you are healing and recovering appropriately. None of this would be possible without our friendly office administrators, who not only make the scheduling process as easy as possible, but they are also well versed in answering any questions that you may have after your procedure. It’s important to feel comfortable and supported after this life-changing event!

Recovery: Inside & Out

During recovery, we encourage you to work one on one with an on-site nutritionist. Bariatric surgery isn’t just about weight loss, but completely changing your lifestyle as well. This requires relearning healthy eating, as well as building sustainable exercise habits. Many practices offer a staff psychologist as well. In order to be healthy, it has to happen inside and out. Losing weight can be a very emotional journey, and may bring up feelings that you’re uncomfortable with. A psychologist is trained to help you examine your emotions, and work through what they really mean to your recovery and success.

In addition to a nutritionist and psychologist, many bariatric practices also offer support groups. Support groups are unique because you have the opportunity to meet patients, young and old, who have had bariatric surgery. You may be scared, angry, or just confused about how to live your life after bariatric surgery, but you’re not alone! Support groups can help the group stay accountable and accomplish their goals, together.

Strengthening Your Existing Relationships

When undergoing a procedure like bariatric surgery, it’s important to focus on strengthening your existing relationships as well. Having a strong support system, in addition to your support group, is key for accountability and long-term results.

Friends and family can help you during the recovery process by promoting healthy habits and encouraging regular exercise, as well as sustainable eating. It’s important that your friends or family do not enable your old habits, but instead encourage you to live a healthy lifestyle.


Your interactions with loved ones aren’t the only relationships that may change during your journey. After bariatric surgery, you may find that you interact with the world around you differently. For many patients, bariatric surgery is a second chance at living life. Strengthening your relationships will also help you learn more about the person that you want and choose to be.


At Advanced Bariatrics, we care about every step of your journey and are here to support you. Our staff is available anytime, and is excited to help our patients achieve their weight-loss goals. It takes time, but we are dedicated to you and your bariatric surgery journey! Interested in learning more? Schedule a consultation today!

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