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Bariatric Patient Resources

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. 

Bariatric and Weight Loss Support Groups

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.

Information Sessions 

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:

Most Thursdays 
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mall Classrooms
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. 

Healthy Weighs Blog 

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.  

Good Words to Know 

A comprehensive list of common terms and words related to Bariatric and weight loss surgery that are helpful to know.

Helpful Links

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 Eating
Bariatric Support Centers International
Beyond Change
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
WLS Lifestyles Magazine


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