Before making a decision about bariatric surgery, the first step is to explore your options. This may start with online research and then attending information sessions or visiting doctors in person. Part of the process is learning whether you qualify for surgery and what to do to be approved. It's important to consider the pros and cons before deciding whether surgery is right for you.

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In the months leading up to surgery, there are a variety of ways to get ready. These can include meeting with a health care team, changing diet and exercise, and arranging a support network of loved ones. It's also key to prepare financially. Bariatric surgery is a big commitment so it's important to prepare for the changes that will happen in your life. The Health Partner for Weight Loss Surgery app can help you stay on track.

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After surgery, those diet and exercise changes will come into play and your support network can help with the transition to a new lifestyle. It's also important to stay in touch with doctors along the way. Surgery is a lifelong change, and it's key to stick to new habits for the long haul in order to reach your weight loss goals.

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