Changing your life, and your lifestyle, is a big decision. You need reliable information to make the right decision about weight loss surgery. If you've already begun your weight-loss journey post-operative support is essential in the success of the LAP-BAND® System.

Meeting and talking with others who have undergone weight loss surgery is very important to the success of your weight loss. Support groups have proven to be an essential part of the recovery process for many patients, and research shows that persons who regularly attend support group meetings have better success with their long-term weight loss.

Gastric Band Support Group

Patients, considering gastric banding surgery, family members, and other support-persons are welcome to attend our monthly support group meetings.

Lap Band Support Group

The LAP-BAND support group meetings focus on helping patients make lasting adjustments following surgery. The support groups may also provide emotional and behavioral support for those trying to make significant lifestyle changes for their health.  Because this surgery requires extreme changes in behavior and lifestyle, we want to make certain that you continue to receive the support and guidance required to ensure life-long weight maintenance.

Our support groups are moderated by mental health professionals, registered dietitians, exercise experts, a nurse practitioner, the bariatric navigator and the bariatric surgeons. Topics that will be covered in the support groups include:

  • Tips on eating healthy
  • Emotional issues with weight loss
  • Taste testing and fun snack ideas
  • Behavioral changes for long-term success
  • Coping with holiday stress
  • Establishing an exercise routine
  • Importance of strength training
  • Exercise progression
  • Cardiovascular fitness

All weight loss surgery support group meetings are held 12-1 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Medical Office Building, 2006 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia. For more information contact us at 540-689-5646.