While choosing to have a bariatric surgery is something very personal, the process leading up to that decision and the recovery after any procedure involves a team of doctors, family and friends. Because bariatric surgery is such a life-changing event, nearly all surgeons will recommend joining some kind of support group to aid you in the process.
Before you have committed to a particular bariatric procedure or doctor, do some research to find bariatric support groups located in your area. Instead of spending hours reading doctor reviews online, jump into a bariatric chat room or attend a meeting to ask actual patients what their experiences have been like. While no two people will ever have the exact same results or complications, they can definitely tell you which doctors go the extra mile and which give patients the cold shoulder.