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Bariatric Surgery: A Path to Success | South Central MIRECC

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About Bariatric Surgery: A Path to Success

Bariatric surgery can have a positive impact on Veterans’ health and well-being. This self-help guide is for Veterans who are thinking about bariatric surgery and want to gain mental health skills and make their environments healthier. Their behaviors and mental health will directly affect outcomes of bariatric surgery. Making changes to their daily lives will help them succeed in their recovery after surgery. The guide:

  • Explains important considerations for bariatric surgery and the types of professional support Veterans can receive from their VA healthcare team before and after surgery.
  • Provides tools for setting goals to make bariatric surgery a success.
  • Reviews pre- and post-concerns to consider before having bariatric surgery.
  • Details the relationship between mental health and bariatric surgery.
  • Published 2022

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Marie Mesidor, PhD, Elizabeth Calloway, MS, RDN, CSOWM, LD, Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD, Jennifer L. Bryan, PhD, and Joshua Hamer, PhD.

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Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Location Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

Last updated: December 14, 2023