Post-Surgery Support Group Requirement

Updated on October 7, 2019 in Pre-Operation Surgery Questions & Answers
5 on September 28, 2019

The bariatric center that’s doing my surgery requires that I attend at least six support groups post-surgery. They offer both in-person and online options. Did your surgeon require you to take part in post-surgery support groups? If so, what did you find helpful about them? 

 
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0 on October 1, 2019

Hey, Lewis78.  No, I didn’t have to do that, but it sounds interesting. I wouldn’t mind meeting people who had surgery around the same time as mine.   I had to go to a therapy session before surgery, but I don’t know if it was a surgeon or my insurance company who required that.  I had an informal online discussion facilitated by the hospital before surgery too.  The discussion was mostly about expectations for the future and learning new coping techniques to deal with stress.

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0 on October 1, 2019

I was required to see a therapist. We mostly talked about some healthier coping strategies and what to do when the urge to overeat occurs after surgery. I am also required to do a few support groups/educational sessions after my surgery. I think my surgeon just wants all of his patients to have the best chance they can to succeed. 

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1 on October 4, 2019

My surgeon required me to attend a few therapy sessions before the surgery, but there was no support group/educational class requirement afterward. I think this would have actually been helpful for me. 

on October 7, 2019

My hospital required you to attend loads of meetings with therapist, dietician, support groups, surgeons etc over 18 months. It seemed to go on forever and mostly focused on by pass but it was then decided I had to have a sleeve due.to bowel surgery needed next year so none of the info helped me as they certainly didnt give info on a sleeve.

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0 on October 7, 2019

The clinic itself isn’t requiring therapy, group meetings, and classes, but my insurance company sure is, both before and after surgery.  I’m looking at it as a good thing rather than a hassle.  Goodness knows I need help developing a healthier lifestyle.  

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