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What can I do to prepare? Bariatric procedures are like other major surgeries. You can best prepare by knowing the benefits and risks of surgery and by closely following the instructions we provide.

To mentally prepare yourself:

  • Understand the surgery and what to expect afterward
  • Talk to others who have had bariatric (weight loss) surgery
  • Start a journal; record how you feel now, the challenges you face, and the things you hope to be able to do after 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
  • Get a promise of support from your family; it helps to know you have people behind you, ready to help
  • Learn about resources, such as support groups, for those who have undergone weight loss surgery

What to expect as a patient on the surgical pathway:

Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery Candidates for Weight Loss Surgery Procedures Offered at UNC Taking The First Steps What To Expect Seminars & Support Groups