“These volumes are an extremely useful addition to the field. Psychological and behavioral preparation is a critical part of the bariatric surgery process, yet it has been sorely underemphasized in the literature up to this point. These volumes give this important topic the attention it deserves.”– Scott Crow, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota
“Very little has been available for mental health professionals who work with bariatric surgery patients preparing them for surgery, despite the fact that many important issues need to be discussed before this life changing procedure. Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery Therapist Guide and Workbook by Apple, Lock and Peebles provides a very important, practical and user-friendly work which nicely fills this void. Therapists working with this group of patients can use these materials with confidence, knowing that the texts are informed by the latest research in the area and are both pragmatic and clinically informed. These materials represent a major step forward in the care of patients who will be undergoing bariatric surgery.”– James E. Mitchell, M.D., Christoferson Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
“The recent surge in the use of bariatric surgery, because of its effectiveness in the treatment of obesity, has outpaced the development of methods to prepare individuals, before and after surgery, for the behavior changes that need to occur in relation to food. These manuals therefore, fill an urgent need to prepare patients, both adolescents and adults, for bariatric surgery and provide sensible guidelines for the patient (and therapist) for the management of potential post-operative problems.” Stewart Agras, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine
Obesity has quickly become an American epidemic. People suffering from significant overweight often have to contend with a lifetime of significant comorbidities, social stigma, and lower quality of life. Recently, more and more people are undergoing weight loss surgery as a way to resolve these issues.
If you are working with pre- or post-operative bariatric surgery patients, your goal is to teach them the skills they need to ensure themselves a successful surgical outcome. After surgery, patients are required to adhere to a strict diet and the very specific recommendations of their surgical “team.” Without a high level of commitment from the patient to follow these recommendations, the potential for maintained weight loss after surgery is very limited.
Preparing for Your Weight Loss Surgery, Therapist Guide contains a series of scientifically tested cognitive-behavioral techniques to help you prepare your patient for the post-operative challenges of creating radically changed eating and lifestyle habits. It provides instructions for teaching your patient basic problem-solving and cognitive restructuring methods that will change their negative thoughts and attitudes about food. Interactive forms including food records and checklists, body image journals, and homework assignments found in the corresponding patient workbook round out this comprehensive treatment package.