The Light for Life Bariatric Support Group meets on the last Monday of every month at Poudre Valley Hospital in Café F, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. (Café F is located on basement level in back of cafeteria) This group is designed for patients and their families who have either had the surgery or are considering it. Becki Mudgett, RN facilitates the meetings and one of the surgeons is always in attendance to answer medical questions. We often times will have a guest speaker that will address certain topics of interest to the group. The support group is a wonderful resource for you and we hope you will take advantage of it. There may be another Bariatric Center near you that offers a support group. Ask if you are welcome to attend.
It is important for your spouse or significant other or family members to come to the support groups. It is normal for them to be nervous and perhaps not altogether supportive of this surgery. Bring them to the support group so they can hear from other patients and talk with other spouses and support people of other patients. This will make a tremendous difference in the comfort level about you having surgery.
There is a large emotional and psychological impact with bariatric surgery. Positive Living After Bariatric Surgery meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the Indian Paintbrush room at PVH from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Valerie Kinzie, LPC and Bariatric Behavioral Specialist, will facilitate this support group. This group is open to bariatric patients before or after surgery. There is a $20 fee per person. Please contact Valerie at 208-851-2873 to register for the group and for more information.
We feel that support groups are a very important part of our program. Please take advantage of the groups that we have established for you. Data shows people that take advantage of support groups tend to do better after the surgery.
For those of you that live long distances away and are not able to take advantage of support groups, there are websites that have chat rooms. The one that we are aware of is Obesityhelp.com.