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Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Counseling before and after weight-loss surgery can be a big help

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I decided to have bariatric surgery, but was told that I first need to go through counseling. What will those sessions involve, and would counseling really improve my chances of the surgery being successful? ANSWER: Before you have weight-loss surgery, it's important to understand what to expect and to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for what's ahead. Working with a counselor for several months prior to the procedure can help set you up for long-term success following surgery. "Bariatric surgery" is a broad term used to describe all types of weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, placement of an adjustable gastric...