Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure, so it’s important that you feel confident you’re making an informed choice. Below you will find several resources including helpful websites, good words to know, support groups, videos and information sessions that will help you in making the right choice.
We are here to assist you throughout your weight loss journey and encourage you to join our support group. It is helpful to share with others who are experiencing many of your same thoughts and feelings in a caring environment. Our Support Groups are held the first Monday of the month from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the Mall Classrooms at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. Registration is not required. The group is for prospective and current patients. For questions call the Bariatric Office at (843) 958-2590; Prospective and current patients and supporters are invited and encouraged to attend.
Our bariatric surgery patients are required to participate in a free information session before scheduling their initial consultation. These sessions are designed to introduce you to our program. You can attend an in-person session or participate online.
You may participate in the online session at any time. The online session lasts 35 minutes and you will be required to answer questions during the session so that we may ensure you have received the necessary information.
Click here to start your online session.
Our friendly, in-person sessions are held most Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. To register or for more information, please call (843) 402-CARE or register online.
In addition to our monthly support group, we offer a blog, a place where you can find support and knowledge and read comments from people who share similar experiences. The Healthy Weighs blog offers continued support and knowledge outside of your doctor's visits in your time of need.
A comprehensive list of common terms and words related to Bariatric and weight loss surgery that are helpful to know.
American College of Surgeons
American Diabetes Association
American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Association for the Study of Obesity
Bariatric Support Centers International
Body Mass Index
Building Blocks Vitamins
CDC’s Diabetes and Public Health Resource
Healthy Weight Tool Kit
Lap-Band AP System
North American Association for the Study of Obesity
Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
Obesity On Line