Support groups is something that is vitally important to the post bariatric surgery patient. We know this not only anecdotally because patients say I come to support group, I get to talk with people who’ve had surgery, I get to pick up tips, and I get support, but we also know it research wise that patients that attend support groups do better with sustained weight loss after surgery than their counterparts that don’t. We offer a monthly support group here at St. David’s Medical Center.
It is a completely open door policy. We welcome people that are interested in finding out about surgery, to speaking with people who’ve had real life experience with it. We are welcoming to anyone who’s had surgery anywhere. You don’t have to have surgery at St. David’s Medical Center to come to our weight loss surgery support group. And we are definitely welcoming to any support group people, so family, friends, anyone like that. We want to make sure that it is supported environment and that it’s a place for people to come, learn, and share. We meet normally the fourth Monday of the month. It’s—from 6 to 7:30 and we have a really great group of people, from people who come in just a few days post-op believe it or not, to people who’ve been coming religiously for six years.