As part of our work at the St. Vincent Bariatric Center, we believe in supporting our patients long after surgery. One of the many ways we do this is through our statewide support groups.
Each group is scheduled to allow patients the opportunity to attend at least one meeting per month. These groups are open to anyone who has had—or is considering—bariatric surgery.
Every other month on the third Tuesday, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the St.Vincent Carmel Women’s Center Community Room (room 150) on the first floor (use Entrance #3 on the Carmel hospital campus) an interactive cooking class is led by a dietitian and cooking instructor.
Be assured, your weight loss journey doesn’t end with surgery. It’s just the beginning. We do more bariatric procedures than any other program in Indiana. These patient photos and videos tell a lot about each person’s dedication and commitment.
*Disclaimer: Please note that weight loss surgery results and benefits are unique to each individual and as such the St. Vincent Bariatrics program cannot guarantee specific weight loss goals as results for each surgery can vary.
Bruce went to support group within two weeks of his procedure, recalls, “I am just amazed at the encouragement I am getting from friends, family and even strangers as I am making these new steps for a new life." When Bruce had his first dietitian meeting, he talked honestly about the foods that worked for him and those that don’t. The bariatric dietitian offers several tips and ideas for making healthier choices. As the journey evolves, Bruce reflects what happens to your body as you lose weight – you detox. He learned when you lose a lot of weight in a relatively short amount of time, your body goes into overdrive with all of the changes. The side effects can be jarring as your body adjusts but Bruce can tell you, the end results are well worth it.
“Walking and traveling got harder and harder, says Liz. “St. Vincent was the place to go and I had every question possible and we got answers to them all (including those of my husband). I’m off all medications and my blood pressure is absolutely fine now.” Now Liz can travel and vacation and she encourages others to consider (bariatrics) a tool to better health.
“It’s been a life-charger for me. I was really afraid at first but the support (from St. Vincent) has been tremendous. My life now is 360 degrees different and it allows me to feel like I’m a human being.”
“St. Vincent did a great job of preparing me physically and psychologically for the changes that will take place…It’s the best thing I ever did for myself and my family also.”