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    Eating disorders

    Obesity is often related to eating disorders such as bulimia or hyperphagia (overeating). People may develop these eating problems in adolescence without realizing it. Before starting the steps for bariatric surgery, it is important that you get screened for eating disorders and find strategies that will help you address these problems. Unfortunately, these eating behaviours will not stop with bariatric surgery and could lead to serious complications if they are maintained after the operation.

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    Smoking puts your health and the health of those around you at risk. This habit is responsible for 21 chronic diseases and 16 types of cancer. Tobacco use has negative effects on sexual health and poses significant risks during pregnancy.

    Your community pharmacist can start a prescription for nicotine replacement therapy. You can also consult a family medicine group (GMF), your CLSC, your family doctor or our smoking cessation services to help you quit. 

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    /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altText Quit Smoking Centre (individual consultations and support groups) in Laval 
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    Info – Bariatric surgery

    If you are considering bariatric surgery, you will be asked to quit smoking 3 months before the operation (both tobacco and cannabis). Smoking leads to respiratory and cardiovascular risks and is associated with poorer recovery outcomes after the surgery. When you meet with your surgeon, he or she will suggest that you quit smoking right away and will prescribe nicotine replacement therapies (patch, gum, etc.).

    Drug and alcohol use

    If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, start therapy now. It is recommended that you abstain from alcohol for 2 years before having bariatric surgery. If you only drink alcohol occasionally, it is recommended that you do not drink for 2 weeks before the operation, i.e., when you start your preoperative diet, to avoid postoperative complications.

    See our resources: 

    /typo3conf/l10n/fr/rtehtmlarea/Resources/Private/Language/fr.locallang_accessibilityicons.xlf:external_link_new_window_altTextAlcohol, drugs and medication support group in Laval
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