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Support Groups

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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.

Erie, PA Support Group

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.

Regional Support Groups

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

Bradford Area Public Library
67 W Washington St,
Bradford, PA 16701

Contact: Jayme Covert, 814-512-3128


Jamestown, NY Support Group
Second Tuesday of the month
6 to 7 p.m.

UPMC Chautauqua, main corridor, hospital classrooms 2 and 4
207 Foote Ave.
Jamestown, NY 14701

Contact: Terra Caruso, 716-485-7870


Seneca, PA Support Group
Second Monday of the month
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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.

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