After weight loss surgery, your life changes tremendously. You have a new lifestyle that you must follow to be successful, and that can be challenging at first. There are so many tools and resources to take advantage of after surgery to ensure you are set up for success. You might not know this, but there are weight loss surgery conferences out there that can greatly help you on your journey.
Weight loss surgery conferences are so much fun! They are full of a wealth of information and give you the chance to meet with professionals in the field. There are sessions throughout the day where you can listen to doctors and other experts in the field talk about bariatric surgery. The topics are always fascinating and extremely helpful for bariatric patients. It is very beneficial for patients to hear experts speak about these topics. We can sometimes get lost in all of the research and opinions online, so it is nice to be able to communicate with someone who knows what they are talking about.
The conferences usually have expos where you can find vendors with products and services to help you on your journey. This is one of my favorite parts about the conferences because there are samples you can try and a ton of free stuff. People walk away from these conferences with huge bags of products to try out. It is a really great chance to learn about the many products out there that can help bariatric patients be more successful.
By far the most impactful thing about conferences is the connections you will form with other patients. I cannot stress this enough how important it is to have a support system after weight loss surgery. Finding people who are going through the same struggles and celebrations can help you so much on your journey. I have found some of my closest friends at weight loss surgery conferences and I know that we now have a forever friendship. There are usually night events at these conferences which involve dinner and dancing and give you a chance to mingle with other bariatric patients.
If you are new to the bariatric community, I highly recommend that you search for conferences in your area. The larger conferences happen once a year, usually in Florida or California. Obesity Help and Weight Loss Surgery Foundations of America are the two conferences I have been to and both have been such a positive experience. There are smaller conferences and meetups in other locations, so if you are interested in participating, do some research to see where they are in your area. Taking the step to participate in these conferences might be exactly what you were missing on your journey. Give it a chance and I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.