Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

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UMMC Bariatric Surgery Post-Op Support Group

The University of Maryland Bariatric Program has recognized the changing needs of our patients at all levels of recovery. To address our growth and commitment to quality care, we offer a free monthly support group at UMMC and at the Tate Center, Glen Burnie, Maryland (see schedule below). Kathleen Parkman and Ra'mona Brown facilitate the UMMC group and Marcia Cooley and Mary Beth Sodus and Marcia Cooley facilitate the meetings at the Tate Center. Our support groups are specifically geared towards UMMC post-op patients only. This group is a safe place to share feelings, find motivation, support and get back on track. This is a free program.

Support sessions, such as these conducted by the Center for Weight Management & Wellness, have been shown to directly increase the chances of short and long-term patient success following bariatric surgery. Regardless of where a person is in relation to the bariatric surgery process, just considering it or at any point prior to or after the weight loss procedure, he or she is welcome to attend the sessions. Significant others are encouraged to attend.

Group members, surrounded by people who understand and support their goals, receive up-to-date weight loss information, consider issues in the context of the diesease of obesity, and have the opportunity to discuss personal or professional issues that arise from the consequences of bariatric surgery. Following weight loss surgery, patients are faced not only with new eating and drinking behaviors, but also difficulty in making sense of the role food plays in their lives. Our support group focuses on learning a new relationship with food. Group topics include dealing with not only the nutritional and physical health, but also emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual well-being.

A typical support session would include a presentation and discussion on the support group topic and nutrition topic. Time is saved at the end of every meeting for patients who are at the beginning of the bariatric surgery journey to ask questions of the group. Many meetings include a "Ask the Doctor" segment and speakers. All meetings include social interaction time.

For additional information about the bariatric surgery support group, call 410-328-5877

We are at two locations:

University of Maryland Medical Center
Patient Assembly Room 
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore MD 21201
Meets the second Thursday of the month at 5:45 p.m.

UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC)
Tate Cancer Center 1st Floor
Conference Room #1
305 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.


Location and Support Topic
04-10-2014 UMMC Patient Assembly Room: The Eating Blues--Depression and Eating
04-16-2014 BWMC Conference Room #1: The Eating Blues--Depression and Eating
05-08-2014 UMMC Patient Assembly Room: Self Sabotage After Surgery: Fact or Fiction
05-21-2014  BWMC Conference Room #1: Self Sabotage After Surgery: Fact or Fiction
06-12-2014  UMMC Patient Asembly Room: Plateaus and Accountability-Time to get Real
06-16-2014  BWMC Conference Meeting #1: Plateaus and Accountability-Time to get Real
07-10-2014   UMMC Conference Room: Carbs after Bariatric Surgery: Too Sweet or Not Too Sweet
07-16-2014 BWMC Conference Room #1" Carbs after Bariatric Surgery: Too Sweet or Not Too Sweet
08-14-2014 UMMC Conference Room: Hitting the Wall-The Last 20 Pounds
08-20-2014 BWMC Conference Room #1: Hitting the Wall-The Last 20 Pounds
09-11-2014 UMMC Conference Room: Muscle Up Your Metabolism
09-17-2014 BWMC Conference Room #1: Muscle Up Your Metabolism
10-9-2014 UMMC Conference Room: Getting Back on Track
10-15-2014 BWMC Conference Room #1: Getting Back on Track
11-13-2014 UMMC Conference Room: Solutions for Social Eating
11-19-2014  BWMC Conference Room #1: Solutions for Social Eating
12-11-2014  UMMC Conference Room: Bariatric Meal Makeovers
12-17-2014 BWMC Conference Room #1: Bariatric Meal Makeovers

Meetings are free. 

Parking is only free at the BWMC  location every 3rd Wednesday

For more support group information, please call 410-328-8940

Get directions here

If you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services, please call 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 or 410-328-8940 (physicians).

This page was last updated: March 25, 2014

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