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July 18, 2011

St. Petersburg General to Offer a Monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

St Petersburg, FL - The weight loss surgery team at St Petersburg General Hospital will host a free monthly support group for weight loss surgery patients.  The support group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Bariatric Institute at St Petersburg General Hospital.

“These groups are a wonderful and convenient way for patients at one of the many stages of weight loss surgery to learn from others who have had similar experiences, and discuss their own health journeys and lifestyle goals,” said Julie Beckler, Certified Bariatric Registered Nurse and Coordinator at The Bariatric Institute at St. Petersburg General Hospital.   “The support group is an integral part of both the decision to have weight loss surgery, and of the commitment to the lifestyle changes that make the surgery successful long-term.”

Each surgery candidate must attend at least one support group session. The support groups will cover topics such as:

  • pre to post-operative care
  • types of care patients will require before and after surgery
  • how to maintain weight loss
  • how to adapt to body type changes after surgery

The groups are a supplement to the free informational weight loss surgery seminars that are held weekly on Tuesdays, from 11:30am-12:30pm at The Bariatric Institute at St. Petersburg General Hospital, 6500 38th Avenue, North, St Petersburg at the Medical Office Building next door to the hospital, Suite 320.

To register for an informational seminar or the support group, please call 727-341-4055.


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