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How to Plan Your Support System After Weight Loss Surgery Abroad

Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 7/24/2017 7:21 PM | Last Modified: September 26, 2017

If you’re considering weight loss surgery abroad, or have already decided to join millions of Americans each year who want to save tens of thousands of dollars, avoid waiting lists, and enjoy a mini-vacation as well, then you’re likely thinking of life after surgery, too. That is, you may have questions about what kind of support system you can look forward to after you return, and how you’ll successfully transition into your new, healthier life.

Below, we highlight some key elements of your support system after weight loss surgery abroad:

  1. Your Physician

Your physician will play a key support system role after your surgery. She or he will coordinate with your surgeon abroad to facilitate your care plan, and ensure that your recovery is appropriately monitored.

  1. Peer Groups

Weight loss surgery – both abroad and in the U.S. – is very common. As such, it’s likely that a support group exists in your city or town (or at least within reasonable driving distance).

These groups get together on a regular basis to provide support, information, tips, advice, and so on. They also typically feature guest speakers, such as physical therapists, nutritionists and dieticians.

If you’re unable to find a local peer group, or if the meeting days/times aren’t convenient, then there are many online forums as well. Most of these are moderated (and we suggest that you only participate in those that are). 

  1. Caregivers

Caregivers can play a vital role before, immediately after, and then throughout your recovery period. In fact, when possible, we encourage individuals to have a caregiver join them abroad to help them throughout the process (the dramatic cost savings of weight loss surgery abroad more than offsets the travel costs for one or even multiple caregivers).

It’s important, however, for caregivers to appreciate that while they can certainly enjoy some tourist activities, their primary role is to provide support and assistance (e.g. ensuring that medication is taken per schedule, relaying any questions you have to your surgeon or nurses, corresponding with hotel staff or airlines to maximize your comfort and safety, etc.). 

Learn More

To learn more about how to best plan your support system after weight loss surgery, contact the SkyMedicus team today. If you choose to partner with us, we’ll work with you to ensure that you have a suitable system in place before you head abroad, so that upon your return you can focus on what matters most: experience a safe, healthy and speedy recovery!

If you're not aware of the actual cost savings weight loss surgery abroad can save you, check out our FREE infographic that compares the costs:

Comparing the cost of weight loss surgery overseas

Topics: Weight Loss Surgery

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