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. Visit our calendar of events for detailed information on our support groups. Prospective and current patients and supporters are invited and encouraged to attend.
You must attend a free information session before scheduling your initial consultation. The information sessions are designed to introduce you to our program and provide information about your weight loss surgery options.
At the session, we will privately obtain your height and weight using a specialized scale that calculates BMI and specific components of your weight. Learn about our scale. In order to use this scale, you will need to remove your shoes and socks. You may find it easier if you wear comfortable shoes that are easy to slide on and off. Refrain from wearing panty hose.
Bariatric surgery information sessions are held:
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
To register or for more information, please call (843) 402-CARE. To view upcoming dates and to register online visit the calendar of events. Not available on Tuesday evenings? Please call (843) 958-6590 to learn about alternative session options to fit your schedule.
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.
Follow one woman's journey while she gets real about gaining control of her weight. Tracy, a REALIZE® Solution patient, provides a glimpse into her real life as she asks herself the same questions, confronts her obesity and health related issues and takes control. Follow Tracy's story.
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 Heart Association
American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Association for the Study of Obesity
Bariatric Advantage Vitamins
Bariatric Support Centers International
Body Mass Index
Building Blocks Vitamins
CDC’s Diabetes and Public Health Resource
Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity
Lap-Band AP System
National Institutes of Health
NIH Consensus Statement on Obesity
North American Association for the Study of Obesity
Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
Obesity On Line
Realize Adjustable Gastric Band
WLS Lifestyles Magazine