Bariatric surgery is a personal choice, and so is the decision to tell other people about it. There’s no right or wrong decision. Some extroverted people might want to talk about their experiences with weight loss surgery, while introverts may prefer to keep this information to themselves. Do whatever you feel is best for you.
Talking to Your Family
If you’re married or have a domestic partner, and/or have kids, there’s really not much choice regarding whether you’ll tell these individuals or not. They’ll know you had surgery and spent some time at home recovering. Your close family members should be there to support you at the hospital, and to care for you at home afterward. Expect them to be curious about your decision to have bariatric surgery. The family members who don’t live with you, such as your parents and siblings, do not necessarily need to know if you don’t want them to. If you do decide that you’d prefer to keep them in the dark, you’ll need to ask your close family members to not discuss the surgery in front of anyone else.
Deciding Whether to Tell Other People
Beyond your immediate family and your surgical care team, there is no one who absolutely must know about your decision. You aren’t obligated to share this information with your employer or supervisor, or with your co-workers or friends. If you do choose to disclose your surgery, expect these individuals to ask you about it for a long time afterward. Consider whether you’ll want to deal with these questions in the future before making your decision.
Deciding What to Say Instead
If you choose not to tell your co-workers or friends about your surgery, you should decide what to say instead when they ask you about your extended time off from work and your rapid weight loss. There’s no reason to lie. You could simply say you took time off to deal with a health issue, and then decline to elaborate further. You could explain your rapid weight loss by saying you’ve made big changes to your lifestyle, which will certainly be the truth.
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Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.