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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.
Third Wednesday of each month
5 to 6 p.m. (postoperative group) and 6 to 8 p.m. (preoperative group)
Lincoln Education Center, Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot
Call 814-877-6997 for information.
Warren, PA Support Group
Third Monday of the month
6 to 7 p.m.
Warren General Hospital
2 W. Crescent Park
Warren, PA 16365
Contact: Wilma Christensen, 814-723-4380
Bradford Area Public Library
67 W Washington St,
Bradford, PA 16701
Contact: Jayme Covert, 814-512-3128
UPMC Chautauqua, main corridor, hospital classrooms 2 and 4
207 Foote Ave.
Jamestown, NY 14701
Contact: Terra Caruso, 716-485-7870
UPMC Northwest, Cancer Center entrance lobby
100 Fairfield Drive
Seneca, PA 16346
Contact: Shelia Lauer, 814-758-8338
Support group meetings do not require advance registration. Patients are encouraged to bring a friend or family member.