One side effect of bariatric surgery that doesn’t often get discussed is the impact it can have on relationships. After a major weight loss, a person can feel more confident and more energetic, and that can change the dynamics of a relationship by making the other person feel insecure or jealous. Patients can benefit from planning on managing their relationships after bariatric surgery in the same way in which they are planning for other lifestyle changes. Protect your relationship from upheaval after weight loss surgery with this advice.
Involve Your Partner in Every Stage
Make sure that your partner is involved with you through every part of your bariatric surgery process, starting with your first informational seminar or appointment. Involving your partner will help him or her understand what to expect and how to be supportive of you. It will also make him or her feel engaged in the process instead of being on the outside as you go through all of the changes to come on your own. Further, involving your partner will help keep communication open between you, so that if a problem does arise, you can address it.
Discuss Your Partner’s Concerns
It’s natural for partners to have a variety of concerns about weight loss surgery and its impact on your relationship. Some partners may fear that your new diet will make it necessary to change your social life or traditions because of the foods involved. Others may fear that you will want to see other people as you start to feel more confident. Give your partner a chance to share his or her concerns, as he or she may harbor worries that you haven’t considered.
Work as a Team
Keep the focus on how your weight loss will improve life for both of you, instead of just considering the positive impacts you’re experiencing. Ask your partner to help you plan meals you can both enjoy, and try new activities like hiking or biking together. This will make it easier for you and your partner to stay connected as you both live healthier lives together.
The team at Bariatric Care Centers is committed to helping patients thrive after weight loss surgery and offer extensive resources to provide patients and their families with the support that they need. Call (713) 339-1353 to find out more about weight loss surgery options in Houston.
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.