At Temple, we offer support groups that encompass all phases of the surgical process. These include pre-operative, post-operative and long-term weight loss maintenance.
During the pre-operative phase, Temple patients attend an educational class. The basic principles of weight loss surgeries, complications, expected outcomes, dietary regimens and discharge instructions are reviewed. The class is presented by our clinicians and dietitians. We frequently invite a patient who has undergone bariatric surgery to share their experience and answer questions. The class lasts approximately two hours. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
After surgery, we offer ongoing support and education.
Attending a monthly peer support group meeting is an effective strategy for dealing with both physical and emotional issues that may accompany weight loss surgery. Other bariatric patients can provide support, encouragement and empathy. These meetings are professionally guided by our clinicians and dietitians. The meeting is a group discussion, supplemented with supportive materials, special activities and guest speakers.
View our Events Calendar for a list of support group dates.
Support groups are held at two different locations:
Ambulatory Care Center, 3rd Floor
Temple University Hospital
3401 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Cheltenham Friends Meeting House
7600 Central Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111