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Integrative Health for Bariatric Patients

At PsyMed Health, we know that big life changes like weight loss do not happen overnight. Even with a powerful tool like bariatric surgery, long-term weight loss success is a journey. We help patients improve their lives by setting realistic goals and focusing on small changes that add up to sustainable transformations.

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Why Choose Bariatric Surgery?

If you are considering bariatric surgery, we want to congratulate you on taking the first step toward reclaiming your health! For many people, losing weight through diet and exercise alone does not work—while bariatric surgery has proven effective for weight Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Weight loss surgery 'more effective than diet and exercise Medical News Today Go to Source loss. Bariatric surgeries such as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass can also improve cardiovascular health and provide long-term remission of type 2 Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source 7 bariatric surgery benefits besides helping you lose weight Cleveland Clinic Go to Source diabetes.

Pre-Surgical Assessment and Preparation for Bariatric Patients

Some medical practices or insurance plans require bariatric patients to have a pre-surgical assessment with a behavioral health specialist. Even if you are not required to have a pre-op assessment, there are many benefits to scheduling this type of appointment. At PsyMed Health, our licensed psychologists, licensed counselors, and registered dietitians work with patients to identify potential barriers to success and provide healthy strategies for weight loss.

Pre-surgical assessment involves evaluating a patient’s emotional stability and motivation, as well as their expectations and knowledge of risks and benefits of surgery. Receiving this type of support before surgery ensures that you are prepared to change your habits and embrace a healthier lifestyle after surgery.

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Post-Surgical Behavioral Health and Support for Bariatric Patients

Bariatric surgery can be a life-saving medical intervention, but it is not a one-and-done procedure. It is more useful to think of weight loss surgery as the first big step in a life-long journey to better health and a more active life. Our behavioral health and wellness professionals are here to help you navigate the many changes and challenges of life after weight loss surgery. Together with our team, learn new coping skills and adopt new responses to stress, anxiety, boredom, depression and other triggers that lead to weight gain and move beyond them. Reshape your attitude as well as your body.

Our Post-op “Lifestyles” program connects patients with registered dietitians, exercise specialists, licensed psychologists, and counselors experienced in working with bariatric surgery patients for a range of learning opportunities in a compassionate and supportive environment.

We also offer “Back on Track” programs for patients who have had bariatric surgery and are struggling to reach their goals or maintain weight loss. Our team of professionals help guide you through the required changes for success and take the guesswork out of the “where & how to start”, adopting a healthier lifestyle and overcoming plateaus.

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How Can Behavioral Health Care Help Me Achieve and Sustain Weight Loss?

The Patient Advocacy Program at PsyMed Health is an integrative plan that is custom-tailored to help each patient overcome their individual challenges and achieve their personal goals.

Pre and Post-surgical Behavioral Health Support can include:

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  • Learning new coping skills
  • Redefining your relationship with food
  • Dietitian guided meal planning
  • Identifying potential roadblocks to success
  • Overcoming fears around exercise
  • Managing stress
  • Promoting holistic self-care
  • Navigating changes in personal relationships
  • Healing painful feelings that previously led to overeating

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If you are thinking about bariatric surgery, it is important to have a support system in place to help you succeed. We are here to answer any questions you may have about the behavioral changes needed to achieve optimal weight loss and wellness results.

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1 Medical News Today. Weight loss surgery ‘more effective than diet and exercise. Available: Accessed May 9, 2023

2 Cleveland Clinic. 7 bariatric surgery benefits besides helping you lose weight. Available: Accessed Accessed May 9, 2023

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