Supporting lifestyle changes
DAKOTA DUNES, SD —
Bariatric Surgery is a complete life style change
"We look at weight loss surgery as just a tool it is not a quick fix or an easy way out," said Megan Cleveland, Midlands Clinic. "So to really help the patients be successful with this tool, the educational program is really necessary along with the support group."
The Educational program team includes registered dieticians, registered nurses, psychologists and bariatric surgeons.
"And so we really work together as a multidisciplinary team to help the patients not only physically but emotionally mentally prepare for the life style changes that they will have to make," said Cleveland.
Doctors also recommend these patients join support groups to help them through these major life changes.
"If you are on a typical diet, you have the decision of either following your diet that day or not," said Cleveland. "They don't have that decision any longer because weight loss surgery is a permanent change to your body."
Each group includes 10 to 30 patients and they talk about good eating habits and avoiding bad habits.
"So we really try to teach them not only alternatives of things they can do other than rewarding with food but also coping mechanisms to not use foods for comfort or to celebrate or to mourn" said Cleveland. "But to try to rely on some other things."
Though the midlands clinic is one place to find a weight loss support group, you can also find other groups in the community and online.