Patient Support Services

Multiphasic Support Groups for Bariatric Patients

At Temple, we offer support groups that encompass all phases of the surgical process. These include pre-operative, post-operative and long-term weight loss maintenance.

During the pre-operative phase, Temple patients attend an educational class. The basic principles of weight loss surgeries, complications, expected outcomes, dietary regimens and discharge instructions are reviewed. The class is presented by our clinicians and dietitians. We frequently invite a patient who has undergone bariatric surgery to share their experience and answer questions. The class lasts approximately two hours. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

After surgery, we offer ongoing support and education:

Support Groups

Attending a monthly peer support group meeting is an effective strategy for dealing with both physical and emotional issues that may accompany weight loss surgery. Other bariatric patients can provide support, encouragement and empathy. These meetings are professionally guided by our clinicians and dietitians. The meeting is a group discussion, supplemented with supportive materials, special activities and guest speakers.

Upcoming Support Group Dates/Topics:

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Dining Out: Handling Temptation
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Vitamin Supplementation: Updated Recommendations (Taste Testing)
(Note: Support group meeting topics are subject to change.)


5:30 to 7:00 pm


Suite 410
Parkinson Pavilion
Temple University Hospital
3401 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140