Support Groups Ongoing Support After Surgery Leads to Greatest Success Most bariatric surgeons agree that ongoing support after bariatric surgery leads to the greatest level of success. Why? Because support groups give you a great opportunity to discuss personal or professional issues that arise from surgery or from a history of obesity. And they allow you to surround yourself with people who understand and support your goals, which directly increases your chances of long-term success. Support groups also help you develop realistic expectations. That is, weight loss surgery will not immediately resolve existing emotional difficulties, or heal the years of damage caused by a lifetime of being overweight. Because support groups are so important, our surgeons recommend ongoing support groups in place for you. Turn to them before and after your surgery for short-term questions and long-term camaraderie.