It’s important to understand that it is completely normal to feel nervous and anxious before undergoing bariatric surgery, no matter what your choice of treatment may be. Regardless of knowing that your surgeon would have performed the same surgery hundreds of times before, it can be difficult to calm nerves and reassure yourself that everything will be fine.

Whether you’re initial fears are the consequences of the surgery itself, or if you’re worried about the anaesthetic and any complications that could potentially arise, we understand that these feelings can be difficult to overcome.

We’ve put together some of the top ways you can help to calm your nerves before the day of your surgery.


Anxiety can be easily triggered by a fear of the unknown. Research your bariatric treatment so that you’re fully aware of what you’ll be undergoing. You could even speak to your bariatric team to see if you can gain a better understanding of the procedure and what you can expect afterwards.

The internet is a great place to research. Many previous patients have discussed their full experience and what it was like for them. Hearing successful treatment testimonials can help to calm your nerves.


Relaxation techniques are a great way to learn how you can calm any nervousness or anxious feelings. There are many breathing exercises that can help to reduce your stress levels, blood pressure and slow breathing. Learning how to meditate can also have this same effect.

Dealing with anxiety can be difficult, so taking some time to learn how you can reduce these feelings is ideal prior to a big event like surgery.


Being left alone with your own thoughts can provoke even more feelings of nervousness and anxiousness as your imagination runs wild. Learning how to distract yourself can help to take your mind off of your upcoming procedure, whether you need to use this a few days before or as your waiting to go into the operating room.

Some popular distraction techniques include reading a book, listening to music and watching a film. These can help to take your mind elsewhere and put off any anxious thoughts about surgery!

If you’re due to have bariatric surgery with The Bariatric Group and are feeling anxious, nervous or worried, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, as we can discuss your procedure in full, as well as any fears and worries you may be experiencing prior to surgery.

For more information or to talk to a member of the team about your bariatric options, you can get in touch via our contact page or by giving us a call on 01823 215714.

*Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and in such The Bariatric Group cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary. If you have any questions or would like to know more about weight loss surgery please contact our expert team.