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Building a support system before surgery can help you stay on track and positive if you begin to struggle after surgery. Friends and family members can be good choices. Many patients directly ask certain friends and/or family members to be part of their support systems. That way, they can be comfortable knowing that people are there to offer encouragement.
Support groups that surgeons offer are also valuable. Members can commiserate with each other and share experiences and tips. Online forums also offer the camaraderie of shared experiences. Online forums expose bariatric surgery patients to far more patients than they would be able to meet in real life.