Welcome to our Free Support Program
We offer a free comprehensive bariatric aftercare program and believe education is key to patient success. We perceive our job to be two-fold. First, to provide a great weight loss operation and second, to teach you how to use it correctly to keep the weight off. We want weight loss surgery to be a long-term solution to your weight loss goals. In fact, weight loss surgery patients of MISH Hospital and Clinics lose 40% more weight 3 years after surgery compared to the average of other MBSAQIP accredited centers.
The “Rules” Class | Every Friday (*Rules Class held Noon-1:00 on 5/26 and 6/2)
The Rules are the key to each patient’s success. We recommend four of these classes during the first year after surgery. Part of your success will depend on how well educated you are about your 'tool'. The rules will teach you how to use your tool. Hunger and portion control is achievable when the rules are followed correctly.
Every Friday l Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (*Rules Class held Noon-1:00 on 5/26 and 6/2)
Nutrition and Behavior Modification Classes | First Friday of Each Month
The goal of these classes is to help patients identify and start changing their eating behaviors and lifestyle. These classes are another opportunity to learn more about ourselves and our relationship with food. The dietician and psychologist help patients learn about nutrition, how to cope with stress, assist patients in identifying and then modifying their eating behaviors as well as their lifestyle to further their health and weight loss goals.
Nutrition Class | Time: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Support Group | Time: 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. | Behavior Modification | Time: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3
Friday, April 7
Friday, May 5
Friday, June 2
Friday, July 7
Friday, August 4
Friday, September 1
Friday, October 6
Friday, November 3
Friday, December 1
Bariatric Patient Support Group | First Friday of Each Month
Support Group meets between Nutrition and Behavior Modification and provides an opportunity to meet other bariatric patients and share struggles, triumphs, and efforts to change. All discussions occur in a very positive and motivating environment. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Bariatric Nutrition 101 Class (taught by IABS clinical dietician)
The goal of this class is to help patients who are struggling to understand their bodies nutritional requirements and how to meet them. After surgery, many patients may have a hard time adjusting to the operation (particularly understanding how slowly they must eat and how small the bites must be). Although the Rules Class covers many of these points, this class allows for more one-on-one intensive education.
*Please call the Institute for Advanced Bariatric Surgery at 913.322.7401 to confirm time and dates.