I tried to find a group pre-op without success. I have seen a few doctors (not local) who host weekly support groups at their practice. Is this normal? Will my surgeon refer me to a support group automatically? I haven't found ym surgeon yet so I just want to know if this is something i should consider when considering different surgeons.
Do Most Bariatric Surgeons Host Post-op Support Groups?
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Support Groups for patients considering bariatric surgery
Support Groups are offered by any surgeon who is affiliated with a center of excellence hospital. Generally speaking support groups are beneficial to most patients. More important I think is your inmediate support which is your family, a patient will need significant family support after surgery to optimize great outcomes.
Post-op support groups for bariatric surgery
Post-op support groups are very important part of a comprehensive surgical weight loss program. It has been shown that patients that regularly attend support groups have better results. Centers of Excellence like ourself offer support groups regularly. We also now offer online video chat support groups for patients as well, where 16 patients can video chat with each other from the comforts of their own home.
Post operative support groups
Most bariatric programs have postoperative support groups. It is a requirement to hold support groups to become a center of excellence in bariatric surgery. I highly recommend that preoperative and postoperative support groups be attended. They are important in your education and well-being before and after surgery.
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