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Education and Support

​​​​​​​​​​​​Introduction to the Surgery

Take your first step in the Scott & White bariatric surgery program for weight loss by attending one of our free informational seminars (no registration or fee required). Each seminar features one of our surgeons who will explain bariatric surgery options, eligibility requirements and much more.

Our bariatric surgeons are based in Temple, Texas, but the seminars are conveniently offered in Temple, Killeen, Waco, Round Rock and College Station.

What to Bring

  • Your medical insurance card
  • Valid photo ID
  • Pen and paper for taking notes

Please do not bring children to seminars, support groups or education classes. This is time for adults only.


We typically cover the following topics:

  • Obesity and its role as a growing health problem in America.
  • Body mass index (BMI) and its use in calculating health risks related to excess weight.
  • Co-morbidities, the serious medical conditions commonly caused by or associated with obesity that place patients' health and lives at risk.
  • The balance between energy intake, energy output and the storage of excess energy as fat, which can lead to weight gain and obesity.
  • Methods by which bariatric surgery can lead to safe, significant and sustained weight loss.
  • The lifelong lifestyle changes needed for successful weight loss after bariatric surgery, including healthy diet choices, exercise and vitamin supplements.
  • Realistic goals for weight loss.
  • Eligibility requirements for weight loss surgery and the patient evaluation process at Scott & White.
  • The specific benefits of the multidisciplinary team approach taken at Scott & White, and the important resources available at our bariatric surgery center of excellence.
  • The three types of weight loss surgeries offered at Scott & White, including a discussion of the potential risks, benefits and alternatives for each procedure.
  • The importance of complying with instructions before and for a lifetime after bariatric surgery.
  • The improved quality and potential longevity of life with specific bariatric procedures, including our excellent results at Scott & White.
  • Obtaining insurance approval and how Scott & White can help patients navigate this process.

We do not discuss specific patient medical history, health issues, eligibility for surgery or procedure selection during the seminar. This policy is out of respect for attendees' privacy, time constraints and federal regulations.

Before Your Surgery

Our 2017 Lifestyle Change Classes for gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy is facilitated by a Scott & White dietitian to help begin your transition to healthy lifestyle behaviors that will improve your overall health and well-being.

  • You MUST attend one Lifestyle Change class prior to surgery.​

Lifestyle Change class begins your transition to healthy lifestyle behaviors that will improve your overall health and well-being. During this class, information about healthy food choices, meal planning, and exercise will be provided and discussed in detail. Review of our five program guidelines is incorporated into the discussion. Facilitated by Becky Vicars, MPH, RD, LD (dietitian).

At the end of class, you will complete and turn in the Lifestyle Change contract which will also provide verification of your attendance.

  • No appointment needed.
  • If you have a Gastric Bypass/Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Patient Manual, please bring it with you.​

After Your Surgery

Each month, Scott & White hosts support groups for patients to share experiences and assist each other in the preoperative and postoperative process of weight loss and maintenance. All adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy patients are welcome to any of the groups to gain information and support.

For schedule updates, please contact us at (254)724.2397.

After your surgery, our caring and supportive staff is excited to help you start a whole new life. Not only will you gain health, energy and confidence, but also the assurance that you have a strong and dependable support group available to help you modify and maintain your healthy new lifestyle.

The purpose of the group is to share experiences and assist each other in the postoperative process of weight loss and maintenance. All participants are welcome to any of the groups to gain information and support. The support group meetings are normally facilitated by Rosemary Ramsey, LCSW.

If you are ready for a new, healthier and satisfying lifestyle, don’t let another day go by without getting the information and support you need to make sustainable changes. Our dedicated professionals are here to help you reach your goals for good health and well being.

Please do not bring young children to the groups (under the age of 16 years). Participants often discuss adult themes which are inappropriate for children to hear. Also, young children are disruptive to the group. This time is for adults only.

Support Groups are combined groups for adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy patients.

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