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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

Virtual support group meetings, third Wednesday of every month

Accessible through the UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management Center private Facebook group

For additional details and instructions for joining the group, call 814-877-6997

Regional Support Groups

Bradford, PA Support Group
Second Monday of the month
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

UPMC Primary and Specialty care
24 W. Washington St.
Bradford, PA 16701

In person meetings, COVID-19 restrictions enforced

Contact: Jayme Covert, 814-512-3128


Jamestown, NY Support Group
Second Tuesday of the month
6 p.m.

UPMC Chautauqua

Meetings are held virtually. Contact the meeting host for details.

Contact: Terra Caruso, 716-485-7870 


Support group meetings do not require advance registration. Patients are encouraged to bring a friend or family member.