Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

We offer support groups for patients who are considering or have had weight loss surgery.

M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital Support Group

Support Group Topics

M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital's Weight Loss Surgery Support Group is a patient-lead forum that meets monthly at the hospital. Facilitated by our staff, the support group shares experiences, provide encouragement, and education and is open to those who have had weight loss surgery, are scheduled for surgery, and those whom are considering surgery. 

Support Group sessions take place the third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital in the Au Fait Nursing Education Room.

December 18  – We will have our annual Holiday Party in the Au Fait Room. Bring a dish to pass if you wish. Beverages and tableware provided.

January 15, 2020 – Let’s plan support group topics for 2020.

February 19 – Gloria Nance, CHC, CHES, CPT Health Coach; topic TBD

March 18 – Let’s have a night of sharing and learning from one another.

April 15 – Vanessa Hauge, RD, LD will about nutrition and exercise and hydration.

May 20 – TBD

June 17 – Robin Quast, RD, LD will speak.; topic TBD. 

July 15 – TBD

August 19 – TBD

September 16 – Michael Howell MD, FAAN, FAASM, Associate Professor, Vice-Chair, Education Department of Neurology, U of MN , Medical Director, Fairview Sleep Services - Edina will speak. Topic: Sleep Better: Tips for the Bariatric Support Group. 

October 21 – TBD

November 18  – TBD

December 16  – TBD

M Health Fairview Clinics and Specialty Center - Maplewood Support Groups

Connections: Bariatric Care support group

Connections: Bariatric Care is a monthly support group for people who are interested in having bariatric surgery at M Health Fairview St. John's Hospital or M Health Fairview St. Joseph's Hospital and those who have already had surgery and are at any point along their journey. 

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at M Health Fairview St. Joseph's Hospital in the 3M Education Center (A-B room). The group is led by Paul Bagdade, PhD, LP, Behavioral Health Director, Surgery & Bariatric Care. There is no cost for this group and registration is not required.

Upcoming topics are: 

November – Holiday Eating, Lisa Hursin, RD, LD

December – Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery, Sam Economou, MD - Plastic Surgery Consultants

January 2020 – Medications and Bariatric Surgery, Ty Schreiner, Pharmacy Resident 

Connections: Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Support Group

Connections: Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Support Group is a support group for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery and are at least three months post-surgery. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

  • Meets quarterly, the 4th Monday in January, April, July and October from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at M Health Fairview St. Joseph’s Hospital in the 3M Education Center, rooms A/B. 
  • Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at M Health Fairview Clinics and Specialty Center – Maplewood in the 1st floor conference room.