The Memorial Bariatric Center has recognized the changing needs of our patients at all levels of recovery. To address our growth and commitment to quality care, we offer a free monthly support group in our Education Department.
Support sessions, such as these conducted by the Memorial Bariatric Center, have been shown to directly increase the chances of short and long-term patient success following bariatric surgery. Regardless of where a person is in relation to the bariatric surgery process, just considering it or at any point prior to or after the weight loss procedure, he or she is welcome to attend the sessions. Significant others are encouraged to attend.
Group members, surrounded by people who understand and support their goals, receive up-to-date weight loss information, consider issues in the context of the disease of obesity, and have the opportunity to discuss personal or professional issues that arise from the consequences of bariatric surgery. Following weight loss surgery, patients are faced not only with new eating and drinking behaviors, but also difficulty in making sense of the role food plays in their lives. Our support group focuses on learning a new relationship with food. Group topics include dealing with not only the nutritional and physical health, but also emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual well-being.
A typical support session would include a presentation and discussion on the support group topic and nutrition topic. Time is saved at the end of every meeting for patients who are at the beginning of the bariatric surgery journey to ask questions of the group.
If you can't make it in person you can join us over the phone by calling: