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Education and Support

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​Introduction to the Surgery

Take your first step in the Baylor Scott & White Health bariatric surgery program for weight loss by contacting our department at 254.724.2397. Our staff will assist you in determining if your insurance has Bariatric Benefits and help you schedule your consultation with one of our surgeons.

Before Your Surgery

Pre-operative Education

Our pre-operative education classes for gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy are facilitated virtually by Baylor Scott & White dietitian Laura Puckett. This education will help begin your transition to healthy lifestyle behaviors that will improve your overall health and well-being

  • You MUST attend one education class prior to surgery. This requirement is now combined with the New Nutrition education and available online, or in an in-person classroom setting. You can contact our department at 254.724.2397 to schedule.
  • During this class, information about healthy food choices, meal planning, and exercise will be provided and discussed in detail. A review of our five program guidelines is incorporated into the discussion.
  • If you have a Gastric Bypass/Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy Patient Manual, please bring it with you.​

After Your Surgery

Each month, Baylor 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 gain information and support. The support group meetings are usually facilitated by Laura Puckett, RD.

Bariatric Support Group Schedule

Bariatric support groups are offered in-person and online every first Thursday of the month at 5:15pm-6:15pm. Each month will be the same topic. In 2022, groups are scheduled to meet on:
  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5
  • June 2
  • July 7
  • August 4
  • September 1
  • October 6
  • November 3
  • December 1
For schedule updates, please contact us at 254.724.2397.

After your surgery, our supportive staff will help you start your 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 support group meetings are normally facilitated by Rosemary Ramsey, LCSW.

Please do not bring young children to the groups. This time is for adults only, as participants often discuss adult themes that may be inappropriate for children to hear. Young children can also be disruptive to the group.

If you are ready for a healthier and satisfying lifestyle, don’t let another day pass 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.​



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