For a surgeon, obesity surgery usually represents the cornerstone of the treatment of this disease.
From our point of view “it only provides a new beginning” to many patients who are at a dead end, without the possibility of seeing an answer to their needs and sometimes, with worsening diseases that are related to their excess weight.
For this reason, we want to highlight the importance of collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, which will make it easier for patients to meet the goals set for improving the quality of life and maintaining the weight loss achieved over time, after successful surgery. One of the main fears that people have is gaining weight again. This fear must be fought with the accompaniment of a team of people who treat all aspects of obesity, including the emotional aspects.
Obesity is a multifactorial disease that must be treated with a multidisciplinary team where multiple specialists who work in this area of knowledge coincide. Surgery being very important as part of the treatment, it is not a miraculous act and we must have other actors in the treatment of this disease, endocrinologists, dietitians-nutritionists, psychologists, physical trainers, life coaches.
This statement is based on two important aspects, the first refers to the fact that obesity is a chronic disease and, as such, long-term. The second, because it is due to many causes (genetic, hormonal, nutritional, sedentary lifestyle, menopause, stress, etc …) and therefore highly complex in its treatment. Currently, the causal factors that can be modified are those that refer to eating habits and the stimulation of physical activity. When there is no adequate response to medical treatment, the obese patient goes to a surgeon to propose a life-changing operation through the loss of excess weight.
Despite all the doubts and fears that this decision may entail, we must be aware that currently, surgery is the only treatment that can contribute to reducing excess weight considerably and maintaining this loss. in the long run. One of the fears of the patients that we want to highlight is the fear of regaining weight, and it is in this scenario, where it is of vital importance to have a multidisciplinary team that collaborates in the treatment in order to meet the intended objective.
FAMILY AND SOCIAL SUPPORT .
The agreement and the complicity of the family serve as support, when it is able to understand the need of the obese patient to achieve weight loss in order to obtain a healthy condition and quality of life. Ideally, eating habits should be modified for the entire family group to prevent weight resonances when there is a history of inappropriate eating patterns.
Throughout this process, the key is to consider all the aspects that are included in obesity in order to be able to respond to the needs of our patients during the treatments.