With any procedure, it is important to understand the implications for your health and your life. The Sentara Martha Jefferson Bariatric Care Center firmly believes in the importance of education, which is why we make sure our patients are informed about weight-loss surgery and what each operation entails.

Before the surgery, our patients must attend a free seminar, "About Bariatric Surgery," or watch our online seminar, in which they will learn whether weight loss surgery is right for them, what it entails and how to get started.

To help ensure our patients' success, we provide ongoing education and support as well, including a Bariatric Support Group and classes tailored to Bariatric patients' needs.

Post-Surgical Support

Following bariatric surgery, it is important to participate in activities that provide continued support, encouragement and education. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital offers a free support group that provides just that. It is facilitated by registered dietitians and occasionally a bariatric surgeon. Topics include nutrition, exercise and emotional concerns.

The group meets twice a month, and patients who cannot make it in person are encouraged to call in. Registration is not required. For more information, call 434-654-7009 or 1-888-652-6663.

We also encourage our post-operative patients to join our private Sentara Martha Jefferson Bariatric Support Group Facebook page, which provides additional encouragement, education, and support for our post-op patients.

Bariatric Supermarket Smarts

Learn how to shop in the grocery store for foods that will make your bariatric weight-loss surgery successful. In this class, offered twice each year, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital bariatric registered dietitians teach you in a grocery store setting how to:

  • Understand the Nutrition Facts label
  • Select lean high-quality protein
  • Select foods lower in saturated fat, trans fats and sodium, and higher in potassium, calcium and antioxidant vitamins

For class registration, questions or information, call 434-654-7009 or 1-888-652-6663. Or visit our online calendar for dates and times.