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. Kathleen Parkman and Ra'mona Brown facilitate the UMMC group. 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.

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).

2015 UMMC Support Group Schedule

Plateaus: Time for Goal Setting
Muscle Up Your Metabolism
Exercise: One Step at a Time
Sugar Substitutes: The Scoop
On the Table: Mindful Eating
Body Image: Fat Thoughts, Thin Thoughts
Oh Soy, Can You See? Vegetarianism
Sorting out the Supplements: A through Zinc
Getting Back on Track
Belly Fat – Be Gone
Thanksgiving: Invitation to Sedation?
Getting Saucy - Alcohol After Surgery & End of Year Celebration

Note: $ 8 parking voucher available at UMMC site.

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

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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: February 26, 2015

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