Surgical weight loss support group meetings are an excellent source of information about weight loss surgery. These meetings are attended by people who are considering weight loss surgery, as well as those who have completed their surgery.
Groups discuss the pros and cons of weight loss surgery. Topics covered include the procedure, nutrition, psychology, exercise, and plastic surgery. A bariatric surgeon and staff from the UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management Center are available to answer questions during these meetings.
It is important that you attend at least three support group meetings before surgery. You should continue to attend these meetings for at least one year after surgery.
Erie, Pa. Support Group
Second Wednesday of the month
Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafrass Pier
6 to 8 p.m.
Call 814-877-6997 for information.
Erie Support Group 2016 Schedule*
*Schedule is subject to change
|Wednesday, Aug. 10
||Barbara Bauda, psychologist|
|Wednesday, Sept. 14
UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery and
Weight Management Center staff
Q&A with "Who’s Who in the Bariatric Office"
|Ajaipal (Jay) Kang, MD, plastic surgeon with Cosmetic, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery and Cosmetic Laser Spa|
"Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss"
|Wednesday, Nov. 9
||Rebecca Clover, director,MedCare Equipment Company|
"CPAPs and BIPAPs"
|Wednesday, Dec. 14
||Debra Weismiller, unit director, 6 South|
"Your Hospital Stay and What to Expect"
Regional Support Groups
Third Monday of the month
Warren General Hospital
6 to 7 p.m.
Call 814-757-4706 for information.
Second Monday of the month
Bradford Area Public Library, 67 W. Washington St.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Call Jayme at 814-512-3128 for more information.
First Monday of the month (no meeting in September)
Prendergast Library - 509 Cherry St.
6 to 7 p.m.
Call 716-244-0293 for information.
Support group meetings do not require advance registration. Patients are encouraged to bring a friend or family member.