The purpose of support group is to provide ongoing support in a safe, empathetic environment. Research suggests that patients who attend support group regularly have better postoperative success.
Support groups are offered at the West Des Moines and Belmond clinics on a quarterly basis. Pre and postsurgical patients, supportive family and friends are invited to attend support group at no cost.
The goal of support group is to provide education and promote interaction between patients. Support groups focus on a variety of topics and typically consist of a speaker or activity, facilitated group discussion, and recipe sampling. Common areas of focus include overcoming challenges, adjustment to changes commonly associated with weight loss, exercise, and promoting long-term change. Patients often find seeing, interacting and listening to other patients helpful to their personal journey.