Bucks County Herald

St. Mary offers bariatric surgery information, support groups

The St. Mary Medical Center Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program will kick off 2018 with a new schedule for two helpful and necessary patient resources: informational sessions and a patient support group.

"The informational sessions teach patients about several different aspects of the bariatric surgery program at St. Mary,” said Keith A. Kreitz, MD, the program's medical director and a board-certified bariatric surgeon. “While mandatory for all prospective bariatric patients, the informational sessions teach them about the different procedures performed at St. Mary, the types of people who are candidates for surgery and the nutritional aspects of our program."

Kreitz added that the sessions often help people develop a better understanding of what life will be like before, during and after weight loss surgery. New this year, those interested can view sessions virtually at stmaryhealthcare.org/bariatricsurgery.

The bariatric informational sessions are held the first Wednesday of every even-numbered month (Feb. 7, April 4, June 6, Aug. 1, Oct. 3 and Dec. 5) at 6 p.m. in the Medical Staff Office Conference Room at St. Mary. The conference room is located on the first floor.

St. Mary also holds support groups for people who have had bariatric surgery at St. Mary or at another facility. The support group meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every odd-numbered month (March 7, May 2, June 27*, Sept. 5, and Nov. 7, also in the Medical Staff Office Conference Room. (*due to the July Fourth holiday, the meeting will take place on June 27.)

Each support group session features a different guest speaker on a topic specific to bariatric surgery aftercare.

The bariatric informational sessions and support group meetings are free of charge, but registration is required as seating is limited. For information, call Monica Velez at 215-710-5711 or visit stmaryhealthcare.org/bariatrics.

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