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Support of Family & Friends

It is important for patients to have the support of family and friends when they undergo a life-changing procedure such as bariatric surgery.

The changes in your diet and lifestyle after surgery will last a lifetime. And you'll have a greater chance of long-term success if you surround yourself with people who understand and support your goals.

Bariatric Patient Support Group

Attend a bariatric support group meeting sponsored by Methodist Health System. It is well known that patients who meet on a regular basis for support and guidance have the best outcomes after bariatric surgery.

  • Bariatric Support Group for patients and their families pre-surgery and post surgery.

See our classes & support groups calendar for the date and location of the next meeting, or sign up for our email newsletter to be notified.

Contact us for more information.

Support Group meetings are held at:

Methodist Health System
8511 Building, Cafeteria (enter the door under the canopy and go to your right)
8511 W. Dodge Road
Omaha, Nebraska

We also recommend checking out the Web site with great information for people considering bariatric surgery.

Other things you can do:

  • Help your friends and family members understand why you've chosen a surgical solution. Many people are under the impression that weight loss surgery is an experimental treatment rather than one with more than 40 years of history. Direct them to this Web site or others in our Additional Resources section. It's important that they understand that morbid obesity is a disease and that diets don't work for you.
  • People who are morbidly obese often report that their spouses, or others close to them, seem to discourage weight loss. These people see your weight as part of your identity. Understand that this is a fear of change. Discuss your reasons for having surgery. They need to know that your health is at stake and you will be counting on them to help you during and after surgery.