Critical to our clients’ success is having the support of a bariatric team. Blossom Bariatrics offers all four components: medical, nutritional, psychological, and surgical. Our multidisciplinary team evaluates clients before surgery and provides education and treatment after surgery including medical, nutritional, and psychological care.
Dr. Tom Umbach encourages clients to research weight loss surgery and to a free seminar as well as one of our support groups before surgery. The support group setting is helpful for clients before surgery as they discuss their concerns and hear from other clients who have undergone bariatric surgery.
Selecting a Procedure
At your initial evaluation with Dr. Tom, you will discuss the benefits and risks of the different surgical procedures and together you will choose the most appropriate procedure. Once you choose a procedure, the next step is to create an action plan of everything you need to complete prior to your operation such as obtaining a sleep study or a visiting the dietician.
What Can I Do to Prepare?
Bariatric surgery is similar to other major surgeries. You can best prepare by knowing the benefits and risks of surgery and by closely following Dr. Tom’s instructions.
To mentally prepare yourself:
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterward. While most clients recover without any complications, some individuals might require revision bariatric surgery.
- Keep in mind that you’ll never be able to eat the way you did before, and that you’ll have to watch the way you eat for the rest of your life.
- Talk to people who have had bariatric surgery.
- Write a letter to yourself and your surgeon explaining your reasons for having bariatric surgery and outlining your plans to maintain your weight loss after surgery.
- Start a journal. Record how you feel now, the challenges you face, and the things you hope to be able to do after bariatric surgery.
- Get a letter of support from your family. It helps to know you have people behind you, waiting to help.