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How can I support my loved one during gastric bypass surgery?

You can help by listening to what your loved one's needs are. Try these tips.
  • Do not shame the person.
  • Do not say they just need to "eat less, move more." They know that.
  • Provide healthy foods at home.
  • Get rid of the cookies, cakes, candy, soda and sweet tea. 
  • Consider eating healthy and exercising together.
Family support is required for gastric bypass surgery as well as other bariatric surgeries. It is important that people around bariatric patients understand and support them from the period before surgery and even beyond surgery.

If you're considering gastric bypass surgery, there's no need to go it alone. In fact, your family should be actively involved. In this video, bariatric surgeon James "Butch" Rosser Jr., M.D., discusses the important role that family support plays in gastric bypass surgery.

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