Support Group

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

Support Along the Way

Losing weight takes a strong commitment on your part, and undergoing Bariatric Surgery as a significant part of a weight-loss program, is a major undertaking. While it's something you can do alone, there's absolutely no reason you have to – or should. We’ve found that to be truly successful both in the short- and long-term, it’s best to have plenty of help and support along the way. And not just from your family and friends.

The Stanford Center for Bariatric Surgery offers you the opportunity to participate in numerous meetings and support groups before and after surgery to help contribute to your successful outcome. The different groups provide a friendly forum for people who are considering or have already had weight loss surgery. We offer education about the surgery, guidelines for nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being during the preparation and recovery process. The groups also involve our patients who have gone through the procedures, or who will be soon.

Patient groups are particularly helpful as they can share their experiences and provide the encouragement and reinforcement you need to succeed in changing your lifestyle behaviors. Here is a sampling of some of the meetings and groups at your disposal. Feel free to contact us regarding any of them.

Informational Seminar

The last Wednesday of each month, Dr. John Morton, the Director of Bariatric Surgery, gives a presentation explaining the surgery, as well as any complications that may arise.

This meeting provides you with an excellent opportunity to meet one of our surgeons and have your questions answered. Afterward, we have a "round table" discussion in which everyone is encouraged to participate.

When: Last Wednesday of each month
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Call clinic for information
Administered by: Dr. Morton, Director of Bariatric Surgery 
Contact Information: Patient Care Coordinator at 650-736-5800

  • Epidemiology and Pathology of Morbid Obesity
  • Treatment Options Discussed
  • Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria Outlined
  • Pre-Operative Evaluation Detailed
  • Risks and Benefits Given
  • Q&A

Visitors are encouraged to call and register to confirm date and time. Family and friends are welcome!

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

The Stanford Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) Support holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00p.m., at Blake-Wilbur Conference Room. Please contact the meeting facilitator or the clinic Patient Care Coordinator for meeting specifics, confirmation of date, and location.

These meetings are facilitated by a licensed professional. Discussions includes health goals, dietary requirements, exercise expectations, psychological preparation, role of family, short and long-term challenges, pre-op and post-op phases, etc.

When: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Blake Wilbur Conference Room
Administered by: A licensed professional
Contact Information: Patient Care Coordinator at 650-736-5800

Each month features a special topic, followed by a Q&A. Samples of some topics include:

  • Dietary Requirements – Staying On Track - RD
  • Exercise Expectations – The Other Half of Equation - OT
  • Post-Operative Course – What to Expect -  MD
  • Psychological Adjustment – How to Cope - MSW
  • Plastic Surgery – Body Re-Modeling - MD
  • Social Events – Walk for Obesity

During these meetings, if desired, you will be assigned a Bariatric Surgery "Buddy" who can help you through the process and keep you on track.

Facebook Support Group

The Bariatric Surgery Facebook Group is an online tool for any prospective or post-surgery patients, their friends and family. The Group page is a forum for group members to share stories, view videos, get information, and give support, and is accessible any time of day. Nutrition and exercise tips, online discussions, and news items are available. The page is monitored by Bariatric Surgery at Stanford staff.

Become a member today at Stanford Hospital and Clinics' Bariatrics Surgery Facebook Group.

Support Throughout

The Stanford Center for Bariatric Surgery provides patients and their families with ongoing support before, during and after their surgery. Here’s a sampling:

Peri-Operative Support (encompassing pre-, intra- and post-operative timeframe):

  • Anesthesia clinic visit – pre-op evaluation and Explanation of Anesthesia and Recovery
  • RN - PT Educator visit – reinforce pre-op teaching and discuss logistics of hospital stay
  • During hospital stay – seen at least daily by resident surgeons, bariatric surgery fellow AND attending surgeon. Seen at least once before discharge by nurse practitioner and hospital nutritionist

Pre-Operative Education

Support meeting on the third Monday of each month for 1-2 hours. Counseling includes:

  • health goals
  • dietary requirements

This session is conducted by Michael Torno, RN, and each presentation is followed by a Q&A. These meetings also include the assignment of a Bariatric Surgery "Buddy" if desired.

Post-Operative Support

Patients are seen in clinic at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months , 6 months, 1 year and annually thereafter. We highly encourage and desire patients to continue with life-long bariatric follow-up and support.

Event Details

Informational Seminar

Held in: Call clinic for room information
Last Wednesday of each month
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

Held in: Blake Wilbur Conference Room
Date: Second Wednesday of each month
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Blake Wilbur Building (Bariatric Surgery)
Garden Level

900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304

For more information, call Bariatric Surgery: 650-736-5800