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Bariatric Support Group

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Monday, October 28, 2013by millie.lange

St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and Alliance for a Healthier Effingham County are partnering to offer a free support group for those contemplating or have undergone Bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery includes surgeries designed to promote weight loss such as lap band surgery and gastric bypass surgery. The next Bariatric Surgery Support Group meeting will be held Monday, October 28 at 5 p.m. in the Physical Rehabilitation waiting room. The purpose of the support group is to:

Educate those contemplating bariatric surgery about the options, benefits, lifestyle changes and potential problems with the surgeries. Provide encouragement and support to those who have had the surgery to maintain lifestyle changes. Provide a place to obtain prerequisite support group meeting prior to surgery (many surgeons require attendance at a support group as a prerequisite for the surgery).

For more information, please call Marilyn Boone, Women’s Wellness Manager, at 217-347-1305. For more information about other St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital community programs, visit the hospital’s web site at