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Support Services for Bariatric Patients
Bariatric surgery may help you meet your weight-loss, health, and lifestyle goals. However, once you have undergone bariatric surgery, you will need to make lifestyle changes that will ensure that you lose weight and keep it off! Remember, bariatric surgery is NOT a diet but rather a weight-loss tool to help you change your life.

    The cornerstone of the surgical weight loss program at Hahnemann University Hospital is nutrition counseling and education. Regardless of the type of surgery you choose, you will need to work with your surgeon and our program's registered and licensed dietitian to construct a healthy diet plan to ensure both weight loss and good nutrition following surgery. Together, you and the dietitian will be creating a plan for your new life. Therefore, it will be important to follow the plan for the sake of protecting your health.

    Before surgery, you will attend nutrition education sessions that will be led by our program’s dietitian, Roldana Huganir, RDN, LDN.  You will be required to participate in consecutive monthly sessions until you are approved for surgery.  During that time, you will learn about healthy food choices, portion control, new methods of food preparation, and will establish behaviors to ensure your long-term weight loss success.

    Undergoing bariatric surgery is a major life-changing experience. You will have a whole new set of lifestyle guidelines for maintaining your weight loss and health goals. In the years leading up to the surgery, you may have struggled with the physical, medical, emotional, and social ramifications of obesity. Bariatric surgery may signify the beginning of your healing process in these areas.

    Meet the challenges of your journey toward a healthier you with on-going education and support. By participating in support group meetings, you will have an opportunity to interact with others who have experienced their own struggle with obesity, which can help you understand more about yourself and help you stay motivated. 

    Support group meetings for pre-operative patients are held twice monthly at Hahnemann University Hospital and are open to all.  Post-operative support group meetings follow an on-line and in-person format. 

    Printable 2017 Support Group Meeting Calendar

    Daytime Support Groups (Pre-op Patients)

    • When: Monthly, on the 3rd Thursday from 10:30am - 11:30am
    • Where: Hahnemann University Hospital, 230 N. Broad Street (SW corner of Broad & Vine Streets), Bobst Building, 6th Floor, Rm #626, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • Getting There: Enter the hospital at the main entrance at Broad & Vine Streets; take the elevators to the 5th floor and follow signage to the Bobst Conference Room.

    Saturday Support Groups (Pre-op Patients)

    • When: Monthly, on the 3rd Saturday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am:
    • Where: Hahnemann University Hospital, 230 N. Broad Street (SW corner of Broad & Vine Streets), Bobst Building, 6th Floor, Rm #626, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • Getting There: Enter the hospital at the main entrance at Broad & Vine Streets; take the elevators to the 5th floor and follow signage to the Bobst Conference Room.

    Saturday Support Groups (Post-op Patients)

    • When: Monthly, on the 3rd Saturday, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm

    In-person sessions:

    • Where: Hahnemann University Hospital, 230 N. Broad Street (SW corner of Broad & Vine Streets), Bobst Building, 6th Floor, Rm #626, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    • Getting There: Enter the hospital at the main entrance at Broad & Vine Streets; take the elevators to the 5th floor and follow signage to the Bobst Conference Room.

You Can Do It!
Our dedicated team of bariatric surgery professionals is ready to guide you every step of the way on your journey to rediscovering your self-confidence and enjoying a longer, healthier and more active life.

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