We offer support groups for patients who are considering or have had weight loss surgery.
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. [Cancelled]
April 15 – Vanessa Hauge, RD, LD will about nutrition and exercise and hydration. [Cancelled]
May 20 – Let’s grab some samples of vitamins and calcium as well as protein drinks. Be prepared to tell the group what your favorites are. [Cancelled]
June 17 – Robin Quast, RD, LD will speak.; topic TBD.
July 15 – “Let’s talk” a night of sharing and supporting.
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
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.
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 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.
The New "U" Support Group is a bi-monthly support group for people who are interested in having bariatric surgery and those who have already had bariatric surgery. Friends and family are also welcome. The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of every other month starting with February from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (February, April, June, August, October, December). They meet at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Clinics and Surgery Center - Conference room 1.4 (1st floor) at 909 Fulton Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Use valet parking.
February 5: Game Night: Test your knowledge of Bariatric Surgery, Health and Wellness
April 1: Natalie Heckert - Personal Trainer
June 3: Open Forum
August 5: Testimonial - Weight Loss Surgery Patient
October 7: Dr Wise - Bariatric Surgeon
December 2: Open Forum