How to Explain Your Decision to Have Weight Loss Surgery

Hi, I’m Michelle Phelan, nutritionist at Blossom Bariatrics. Today we are going to answer some frequently asked questions from our patients.

Jennifer from Houston, Texas, writes, “I am scheduled for a sleeve procedure in two months and lately at work my coworkers have been sabotaging my efforts to get this surgery and they say things like ‘It’s the easy way out’ and ‘To lose weight the old fashioned way.’ I have tried all sorts of diets all my life. What can I do to explain to them why I feel this surgery is important for me?”

Well Jennifer, as you know, it’s really important to surround yourself with people who love and support you 100%.

I often recommend, in this case, to join a support group or an online support group. There are many of them out there.

Also, it is important to really follow your heart. This surgery is a wonderful tool, if it is used as it is meant to be. You need the proper education, the proper nutrition information, the proper supplementation, and the proper support groups that will help you on your journey.

I hope you found this information useful. If you have any additional questions, please visit us at

Until next time. Have a healthy day.

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Tom Umbach

Tom Umbach

Bariatrics is Dr. Umbach’s Passion! His practice is 100% devoted to helping Las Vegas gastric sleeve and gastric bypass clients achieve healthier lifestyles. It brings him great pleasure to see clients shed their excess weight and enjoy the simple pleasures of life – playing with their children or grandchildren, riding a roller coaster for the first time, or starting to date and travel.

Comments ( 5 )

  • Joe

    Just a comment; This video does not offer the information that was promised by the title. The title is “How to Explain Your Decision to Have Weight Loss Surgery.” The video doesn’t actually tell you how to explain anything. It does say to get support and to surround yourself with caring people. But there is no advice on how to explain any decision. You may want to consider changing the title of the video. Take care.

  • Jane

    Completely agree Joe. I saw the title of the video and thought “finally! ” only to be let down with the content of this video. This video does not explain anything on how to tell those around you what, why, and the how of your decision. My previous co-workers did the same thing to me and nobody really prepared me for the negative comments or the judgemental attitudes which I received. Please Blossom make a video that actually helps us explain to those around us why we want or need this surgery. Thanks.

  • Blossom Bariatrics

    Jane and Joe, thank you so much for your comments. Due to your response we are going to have one of our Blossom Therapists, Krista, address this topic in a separate video. We will have her specifically address your concerns. So stay tuned and thanks for the feedback! We appreciate your candor.

  • Joe

    Agreed. Maybe they could start by simply changing the title of this video to something else, so that people don’t get their hopes up and then find that the video doesn’t cover what is described. Then perhaps they could make an additional video that actually covers the topic. I like that they take the time to do these videos; it’s a nice service that they are providing. And it sounds like they do recognize that this is a topic that should be addressed; hopefully they will cover it “for real” at some point.

    Jane, I appreciate your comments. You’ve actually got me feeling a bit nervous, to be honest. I had surgery 8 days ago and kept it a secret from everyone (except my wife, of course). I took vacation time so that nobody at work would know that I was going through the surgery or even the recovery period. I won’t be seeing my parents, sisters, or their families, nor my in-laws, until Easter. And the truth is that I have no idea as to how they will react. I have lost 37 lbs. so far and I expect that when Easter rolls around, my family will be expecting some answers. My co-workers, well, I may just not tell them until the time seems right, who knows. But I am dreading the negativity and the attitudes that you spoke of. I am so sorry that you had to go through that. Hopefully you were able to slowly help them figure it out. As for me, in the meantime, I have a bit of time to figure out what to say. I could definitely use some expert advice, should Blossom decide to post something new.

    All the best to you, Jane!

  • Joe

    You guys rock! Thanks for listening and for caring!!

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