Patients considering bariatric surgery or wanting to learn more about weight loss options should attend a seminar, held monthly. This free seminar is hosted by our USC physicians. The goal is to inform about the program, its requirements, the procedures, results and complications.
Please call (888) 700-5700 in order to register for the next seminar.
Many successful bariatric surgery patients say that their support network helped them maintain their new lifestyle changes.
Getting Support from Family and Friends
The first step in getting support is talking to your family and friends about bariatric surgery. You might find that they are completely supportive, or you might find that they are not. If they are not supportive, it may be due to fear. They may be concerned about your well-being and may think that bariatric surgery is risky.
If your family or friends are unsupportive, take a few moments to talk to them further. They may only know the myths of bariatric surgery. Explain to them why you are considering bariatric surgery and share with them the risks of surgery.
Lastly, consider taking them with you to a support group. That way, they can hear firsthand from bariatric surgery patients and learn about their experiences.
Attending Support Groups
Bariatric programs usually include a support group for patients. Support groups often are run by a psychologist, program coordinator, or dietitian. This means that the group is moderated by a healthcare professional.
Support groups are an excellent resource. You’ll find people who have similar wellness goals, who want to celebrate your successes, and who support you in challenging times. Support groups are devoted to these common experiences, so you can share your feelings in a safe environment.
USC support groups are held from 6:00pm-7:00pm at:
1520 San Pablo St, HC2
Los Angeles, CA 90033-4612
Lower Level Boardroom 1304
Patients can call for more information at (323) 442-5987.
Future Support Group dates:
January 24, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 27, 2017
July 25, 2017
August 22, 2017
September 26, 2017
October 24, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 19, 2017
Online Support Groups
More and more bariatric surgery patients are going online for support. It’s a wonderful way to reach out to people. However, there are a few watchouts:
Support should mean support: Some people may share ways for “cheating” bariatric surgery, or use the group to complain endlessly. This isn’t healthy or productive. Seek out healthy role models and limit contact with people with negative attitudes.
Look for support, not medical advice: Some people will take on the role of “the expert.” Be aware that they are not healthcare professionals, so do not take healthcare advice from them.