Support groups are very important for patients who are preparing for bariatric surgery as well as for those who have had surgery already. The support group is designed to address both immediate and long-term lifestyle change issues needed to achieve weight loss success. The group is designed to help patients identify and cope with different issues related to physical and diet changes in their lives, possible fears of regaining weight, body image concerns and emotional issues.
It is very important for you to continue attending the support group after surgery. It is very possible for patients who had bariatric surgery more than 18 months ago to experience a 10 percent weight gain, return to old sedentary behaviors, grow more relaxed in their food choices and possibly experience depressive symptoms. The support group will give each patient an opportunity to express concerns in an environment that is non-judgmental with other patients who are going through the same experience. The bariatric clinic team will also be part of the group, and the patients will have the opportunity to talk with them as well.
The bariatric support group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. Our bariatric team strongly encourages you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn as much as possible about life before and after bariatric surgery. Even if you are not part of the patient population for our bariatric program, you are still welcome to attend.
Hear what our patients have to say:
“I like hearing about others who have had surgery. We can compare notes on our experience.”
“Support group helps me understand what others are going through. It helps me deal with the things that are happening to me.”
“Support group reminds me that I am not alone in this journey. There are other people like me going through the same experiences and that helps me.”
“I get to see how others are progressing and get tips for staying on track. I also get to share my experiences and encourage others on the same path. Plus, it is cool to see how post-surgery patients are changing each month in their appearances.”