Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

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MMC 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 410-328-8940.

We are at two locations:

University of Maryland Medical Center
Patient Assembly Room 
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore MD 21201
Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at noon (bring lunch).

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.

2015 UMMC Support Group Schedule

Date
Topic
1/27/2015
Plateaus: Time for Goal Setting
2/24/2015
Muscle Up Your Metabolism
3/24/2015
Exercise: One Step at a Time
4/28/2015
Sugar Substitutes: The Scoop
5/26/2015
On the Table: Mindful Eating
6/23/2015
Body Image: Fat Thoughts, Thin Thoughts
7/28/2015
Oh Soy, Can You See? Vegetarianism
8/25/2015
Sorting out the Supplements: A through Zinc
9/22/2015
Getting Back on Track
10/27/2015
Belly Fat – Be Gone
11/24/2015
Thanksgiving: Invitation to Sedation?
12/22/2015
Getting Saucy - Alcohol After Surgery & End of Year Celebration

2015 BWMC Support Group Schedule

Date
Topic
1/21/2015
Plateaus: Time for Goal Setting
2/18/2015
Significant Others: Saboteur or Support (significant others invited)
3/18/2015
Exercise: One Step at a Time
4/15/2015
Sugar Substitutes: The Scoop
5/20/2015
On the Table: Mindful Eating
6/17/2015
Body Image: Fat Thoughts, Thin Thoughts
7/15/2015
Oh Soy, Can You See? Vegetarianism
8/19/2015
Sorting out the Supplements: A through Zinc
9/16/2015
Cosmetic Surgery after Bariatric Surgery. Special Guest: Dr. R. Bluebond-Langer M.D.
10/21/2015
Belly Fat – Be Gone
11/18/2015
Thanksgiving: Invitation to Sedation?
12/16/2015
Getting Saucy - Alcohol After Surgery & End of Year Celebration

Note: $ 8 parking voucher available at UMMC site.

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: January 13, 2015

         
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