Weight Loss Surgery and the HolidaysAre you worried about holiday weight gain? Food is part of the festivities, but holiday fare is notorious for packing on pounds. If you’re considering lap band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery, you might wonder if it’s better to schedule the procedure before or after the holidays.

Some people worry they won’t enjoy the holidays if they have surgery during the season. That’s a valid concern. Diets are strictly regulated during the first few weeks following weight loss surgery.

Recovery time for most people is minimal. About 99 percent of WeightWise surgeries are laparoscopic. You may have some discomfort, but you can resume normal physical activities, such as setting out decorations or shopping, almost immediately.

WeightWise hosts free informational seminars. Attending one of these sessions can help you make the right decision. During a seminar, you’ll learn what to expect before, during and after surgery. There’s no obligation to go further in the process .

Besides learning more about the surgery, here are several things to consider:

  • Are you ready to make the change now? If you’re motivated, you can use that enthusiasm to get started right away, whether the holidays are right around the corner or not.
  • Will you feel left out if you can’t eat the same foods as your friends and family? You’ll have a special diet that differs significantly from those around you. After surgery, you may not feel hungry, but if you do eat sugary holiday foods, you’ll get sick.
  • Are you typically anxious during the holidays? If the season is difficult for you, having surgery could add to your stress. On the other hand, family gatherings may help you feel supported as you recover from surgery.
  • Will you have time to prepare for the procedure? Holidays are packed with activities. Whether you elect to get lap band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery you’ll need to prepare ahead of time. You may need to communicate with your insurance company or arrange for time off from work.

WeightWise is here to support you. Our patient advocates can answer questions and guide you through decisions. If you’re not ready to have a surgery during the holidays, attending a free seminar is a great way to take action and get the information you need to make the right decisions for your health. Sign up for an in-person or online session here.