As you might well imagine, I read and research a great deal about bariatric surgery … looking at the pre-op regimes; the surgery itself; the dietary recommendations for the eating stages afterwards; recommended supplements; advantages of exercise; procedures for body sculpting if required; and, of course ideas for cooking and eating etc etc. And dare I say, there’s quite a lot out there to trawl through!
One area that has always seemed thin on the ground for information however, has been that relating to the psychological preparation for surgery. Coupled with a dearth of practical advice on the emotional and social aspects of such surgery many patients are ill-prepared for the lifestyle changes they need to make in order for their surgery to be a success.
I was therefore pleased to read the latest book by Jenny Radcliffe (a Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist), called Cut Down to Size, which addresses just this. It’s an indispensable and comprehensive guide for those thinking of surgical intervention. It covers just about everything you need to know about bariatric surgery, from referral through to the challenges you may face after surgery…be they emotional or physical problems. The book offers insight into the realities of living with WLS and provides practical exercises to help you think through your emotional readiness, social circumstances and eating habits that could determine the success of your surgery.
As far as I know, Cut Down to Size, is the first book to focus on the psychological and social aspects of WLS. It also helps the reader appreciate the nature of life after surgery by allowing them to share the experiences of many post-op patients (via their quotes).
I have read the book from cover to cover, tried the practical strategies with a degree of success and shall undoubtedly go back to it time and time again to reinforce my aims, goals and perspective.
I have an additional copy of this book which I would like to give away FREE!!!
If you think it would be useful to you then simply leave me a comment underneath this blog with your name. I shall put the names in the hat at the end of the UK bank holiday weekend (6th May at 6pm) and pull out a winner. Please leave your name and email address so that I can let you know if you have been the lucky one. Please don’t worry, the post will not be made public so your email is safe and I will not use your email address for anything else.