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.
About the Authors:
Robin F. Apple, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine . She has completed over 500 pre-operative evaluations of patients seeking weight loss surgery, has co-led a weight loss surgery support group, and has provided short- and long-term individual therapy for those preparing for and adjusting to their surgery.
James Lock, MD, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Pediatrics in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine , as well as Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital . He is the co-author of Treatment Manual for Anorexia Nervosa: A Family-Based Approach and the author of Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder.
Rebecka Peebles, MD, is an Instructor in Adolescent Medicine at the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine . Dr. Peebles is a member of the Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Board, and works in the Eating Disorders Clinic and the Pediatric Weight Clinic at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital . She has written on eating disorders and obesity, and frequently lectures on these topics and adolescent health in the community.