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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. Our Support Groups are held the third Monday of the month from 6 - 7:30 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.

Information Sessions

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.   

Online Sessions
You may participate in the online session at any time. Before taking the session, you will need to register and set up an account. Once you have completed the registration, you may begin watching the online video session. The online session lasts approximately 30 minutes. After viewing the video, please complete the quiz and patient health history form. Once submitted, our team will be notified and will contact you to schedule an appointment. 

Click here to start your online session

In-Person Sessions
Our friendly, in-person sessions are held on most 1st and 3rd 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

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 Society for Bariatric Surgery
Association for the Study of Obesity
Bariatric Eating
Bariatric Support Centers International
Body Mass Index
Bariatric Fusion vitamins and supplements
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
Treat Your Obesity: Patient Learning Videos


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