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What to Look for in a Support Group After Your Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/24/2017 7:17 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

Each year, millions of Americans – and tens of millions of people in other countries such as Canada, the U.K., Australia, Germany and the list goes on – take advantage of weight loss surgery abroad. Indeed, there are so many Americans at facilities in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, etc., that patients can wonder if they’ve simply crossed a state line or an international border!

As you might expect, the skyrocketing popularity of weight loss surgery abroad has led to the proliferation of support groups, both online and community based.  However, as with any other kind of support group, some options are more suitable than others.

To help you make the right choices and ensure that you get the positive and practical support your need after your weight loss surgery abroad, here’s what you should look for:

  1. Commitment

It’s vital that your support group leadership – whether it’s an online organization or a “brick-and-mortar” one – is fully committed to helping people safely recover after weight loss surgery abroad. It can’t be something they “dabble” in. It’s a specialization and focus. 

  1. Transparency

Some support groups charge a fee for their services, which in itself is fine. After all, whether online or offline, there are time and resource costs into producing an appropriate program, and defraying some of these operating costs is not inappropriate or a “red flag”.

However, any fees that you’re asked to pay should be reasonable, and you should NOT be subject to aggressive sales pitches for things like food plans, DVDs, ebooks, coaching, and so on. Yes, these can be made available to you (i.e. via an online store), but you shouldn’t be treated like a customer, because you aren’t. 

  1. Scheduling

Your support group should meet at a scheduled time each week (or bi-weekly if that’s the preferred frequency). Again, this applies to both online and offline groups. 

  1. Participation

Everyone in the group should be encouraged – though by no means pressured or pushed – to participate. What’s more, group discussions must be facilitated by a skilled and confident moderator/coordinator, who ensures that discussions stay on track, and are not dominated by a small group of people. 

  1. Expertise

In addition to sharing your experiences and learning about the experiences of others, your support group should provide you with access to expertise, such as those offered by nutritionists, dieticians, physical therapists, and so on. As noted above, these experts should provide advice and insight, and NOT try and sell their services. 

  1. Confidentiality

Last but not least, your participation in the support group should be governed by an agreement in which the sponsoring organization commits to protecting and safeguarding your personal information. You may also be asked to pledge confidentiality as well, since you’ll be discovering things about other participants that may be of a sensitive nature.

Learn More

To learn more about how what to look for in a support group after your weight loss surgery abroad, contact the SkyMedicus team today. Your consultation with us is free.

Comparing the cost of weight loss surgery overseas

Topics: Surgery Abroad

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