Support Groups

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*

​Date ​Speaker and Topic
Oct. 12
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"
 *Schedule is subject to change


Regional Support Groups

Warren, Pa.
Third Monday of the month
Warren General Hospital
6 to 7 p.m.
Call 814-757-4706 for information.

Bradford, Pa.
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.

Jamestown, NY
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.

Contact Us

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management Center
300 State Street, Suite 400A
Erie, PA 16507

Phone: 814-877-6997
Fax: 814-877-6356


Office Hours:

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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