Dr. Carson Liu describes the importance of educating family members of bariatric patients about their loved one's surgery.
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.
About Dr. Carson Liu, M.D., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Liu received his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his internship, residencies and research fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. In 1998, Dr. Liu was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at UCLA Medical School where he continued to hone his skills in clinical practice, teaching and research. Dr. Liu has conducted extensive research and is widely published in the fields of Bariatric and gastrointestinal surgery; he is nationally recognized in his field and has lectured extensively to professional societies on these subjects. Dr. Liu is board certified in General Surgery and over the course of his career has performed more than 2600 bariatric surgeries.
Condition: Obesity, Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: StomaphyX™, Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Nutrition, Overweight, BMI, Body Mass Index, Decreased Mobility, Comorbidities, Diabetes, Hypertension, REALIZE®, GERD, Bariatric Seminars
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Expertise: Incisionless Bariatric Surgery, REALIZE® Band, Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, StomaphyX™, Bariatric Surgery, LAP-BAND®, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Gastric Sleeve, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy