Post Weight Loss Surgery Support
I had the surgery now what?
If your surgery went perfectly, you love it, and you'd happily do it again, this page isn't for you. We are still happy to help you in any way we can, but this particular area isn't for you.
Still here? You found out that life after WLS is not always how you thought it would be when you decided to have the surgery.
You thought your whole life would change when you lost weight. That you'd be happy, fulfilled, and life would be easier, that was the promise of the surgery.
WLS makes a lot of big promises that don't always come true.
Hypertension, T2D, sleep apena, and joint pain are all conditions that are supposed to resolve with WLS. Unfortunately, they frequently come back and you're left feeling let down, ashamed, angry, and hopeless.
Even if you're physically healthy, regain is common. Very common. The surgery, which has changed your relationship with food forever, was supposed to ensure a smaller body, but it not necessarily. You're left feeling let down, ashamed, angry, and hopeless.
Some people experience increased feelings of depression and worthlessness following surgery, even without physical complications, even with sustained weight loss. It's easier to cope when you drink more, light up, use benzos or pain meds. If you've looked for help before, maybe someone told you that depression and substance use is your fault because you never found a substitute for food. You're left feeling let down, ashamed, angry, and hopeless.
You don't need to feel that way and this is not your fault. We will help you process the trauma of pre-surgery and post-surgery life. We will help you figure out how to move forward with the body you have.
Yes! This sounds like me, I'm ready to pick a therapist.
All of Annie's Counseling therapists are familiar with complications related to weight loss surgery, but if that is a primary reason you're seeking therapy, Kate is the therapist for you.
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