Sentara recognizes that support is a key element of weight loss surgery. Whether you are a prospective weight loss surgery candidate, recently had surgery or had it several years ago, our support groups are an important piece of a successful recovery.

Support groups are designed to help patients with some of the more common situations they may encounter following surgery. They are also a great opportunity for patients to meet, share their personal stories and find a common connection with others who have been through this unique procedure.

Online Support for Weight Loss Surgery

Sentara Weight Loss Surgery Facebook Group

This Facebook group is for Sentara Weight Loss Surgery patients and anyone interested in bariatric surgery. We offer online support and tips for long-term success with weight loss surgery. Join now.

In-Person Support for Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

This group provides useful information to those who have had or are thinking of having weight loss surgery and their families. These sessions, led by a registered dietitian, provide a casual and relaxed atmosphere focusing on the continuing weight loss success of our gastric bypass and lap band patients, as well as and our medically managed weight loss patients and their families.

The goal is to provide an increasing base of knowledge and emotional support. This is also an opportunity for pre-operative patients to have their questions answered and speak with other patients who have been through weight loss surgery. (No children under 12).

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group Meetings

The group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, Hylton Education Center, Room C (Garden level of the medical center), 2300 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, VA 22191. Parking is available in the Hylton Education Center parking lot in the back of the hospital.

Registration for the group is not required and is open to the public.