Support is one of the the most important aspects of any weight loss journey, whether you are having weight loss surgery or are taking a dietary approach. Weight loss/metabolic surgery, in particular, is a life changing procedure that not only helps you change your physical structure and appearance, reduces the severity of a variety of medical problems, but also has a large impact on your mental and emotional states.
The changes to your body and your emotions that you experience as a weight loss surgery patient are unique to you. It is very hard for friends and family to understand what you are going through.
When Dr. Callery started performing bariatric surgery in 1991, he realized that comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative support programs would be essential for people to prepare themselves for the surgery itself, to keep their weight off, and to deal with psychological issues following their surgery. The programs that we have implemented and refined over the years include:
- Weight Loss Surgery Forums
Online support forums are essentially dynamic message boards that enable individuals to post a question or issue, and receive comments and feedback from the rest of the community. Since Thinner Times Forum was launched in 2004, we have had over 900,000 posts on the forum and receive about 750,000 hits/month. These are people from all around the globe that are taking the same journey that you are on, and come together to receive the support they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If you are one of Dr. Callery's patients, visit our Practice Information page to find our support groups.