Support Groups

Bariatric surgery is a tool to help people achieve sustained weight loss. After surgery, patients are faced with a new and unfamiliar set of daily issues relating to diet, exercise, relationships and other aspects of their life — and they may want help and support from other bariatric patients to address these challenges.

The Bariatric Support Group is for patients, family members, and friends of those who have undergone bariatric surgery or who are seriously considering a gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, or duodenal switch.

Normally, the Bariatric Support Group is held on the first Monday of each month at Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital in the Alagia Auditorium. Currently, due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, Support Groups are provided virtually on Facebook; see instructions and link to join (file attached below).

Link to instructions

MODERATORS:

Nancy Lum, RD – Focus on Nutrition
Cathy Carr Dadin RN, CBN – Focus on Information and Education
Barbara Stricker RN, CBN – Focus on Information and Education
Dawn O’Meally, LCSW – Focus on Emotional Changes and Needs
Ashley Reid McKnight, RN, CBN – Focus on Information and Education

Facebook Support Group: This group is for patients who have had or will have surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital. Membership is for social support and your participation is voluntary. Although the group is marked “private”, any activity on the internet cannot be guaranteed as private. This site is not to substitute for medical advice and all medical concerns should be addressed with your surgeon. If you are interested in joining, click “Join Group”. Our nurse coordinator will reach out to you.

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