Successful weight loss surgery patients say that their support network helped them maintain their new lifestyle changes. The patient network often gives patients the encouragement and support needed to succeed. Research has documented that patients will have greater success in achieving and maintaining weight loss when they attend support groups. Our support groups are run by healthcare professionals to answer questions and concerns and they are an excellent resource. At the support groups you will people who have similar wellness goals, who want to celebrate your successes, and who support you in challenging times. Support groups are devoted to these common experiences, so you can share your feelings in a safe environment. Many of our patients continue to come even when they have reached their 1 year anniversary. Some of our patient’s will also support you as a "buddy" and can be available for those stressful times or when you just need someone to talk to.
Our program feels strongly about the need for a strong support system in order for this lifestyle change to be successful. The first step in getting support is talking to your family and friends about the weight loss options. You might find that they are completely supportive, or you might find that they are not. If they are not, it may be due to fear or minimal knowledge of obesity related health issues and they may be concerned about the surgical risks. We encourage your support partner to attend the free educational seminar and also to accompany you to support group meetings. You should also explain to them why you are considering surgery and share with them the knowledge that you have.
Southern Maine Medical Center’s Weight Loss Surgery and Weight Management Program has support groups on the third Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7pm at Counseling Services Inc., 2 Springbrook Drive, Biddeford.
For more information, call Kim Bouchard RN at (207) 294-8342.