Bariatric Surgery Support Group :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

The Bariatric Surgery Support Group at Nationwide Children's Hospital allows you to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with others who are either about to have surgery, or who have already had surgery. Having support from family, friends and even others who have experienced weight loss surgery is very important to your success before and after bariatric surgery.

As part of preparation for weight loss surgery, attending at least two (2) support group meetings is a requirement at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group Meeting Benefits

  • Support groups have been shown to increase the chances of short and long-term patient success following bariatric surgery.
  • Actively participating in a weight loss surgery support group will not only make the tough times easier, but it has also been proven to result in as much as 12% more excess weight loss and a 10% lower body mass index.
  • Group members are surrounded by people who understand and have similar goals.
  • Support groups address psychosocial issues affecting patients and families.
  • Group topics are informative and discussions engaging.
  • It is an opportunity for family members to be educated on the process, receive support and understand the important role they play in your success.
  • You get the opportunity to share your story.

What can I expect from a Bariatric Surgery Support Group Meeting?

  • To be treated with respect
  • The expectation for you to respect others
  • An expectation to follow the group rules
  • An inviting and relaxing environment
  • An opportunity to participate in discussions and ask questions.


  • Kaiser KA, Franks SF, Smith AB. (2011). Positive relationship between support group attendance and one-year postoperative weight loss in gastric banding patients. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 7 (1), 89-93.
  • Orth W.S., Madan A.K., Taddeucci R.J., Coday M., Tichansky D.S. (April 2008). Support group meeting attendance is associated with better weight loss. Obesity Surgery, 18 (4) 391-4.
  • Song Z., Reinhardt K., Buzdon M., Liao P. (2008). Association between support group attendance and weight loss after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease, 4 (2), 100-3.

Think bariatric surgery might be right for you? learn more ยป

Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions

These free sessions provide an overview of the bariatric surgery process, the three types of weight loss surgery available for teens and the benefits, risks, advantages and disadvantages of each.

Start an online info session today! »

Learn about the next info session. Use keyword search "bariatric" »

Tell us what you would like to hear about - take a short survey »

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000