Dr. Liu describes the importance of educating family members of bariatric patients about their loved one's surgery.
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Absolutely. We have to do that a lot of times. There is so much negative feelings about surgery, weight loss surgery in particular, that family members get very, very anxious and they are almost fighting the patients in their success. A lot of times they say, “Well, why do you need it? I like you the way you are. I am not asking you to have surgery to lose weight.” And they don’t understand that a lot of the health benefits are associated with the weight loss, and they look at it as almost like a sign of failure to actually sign up for surgery. We need to educate the family members, as well as the patient, that surgery is by far a much more meaningful way of achieving successful, long-term weight loss compared to just diet alone.