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Bariatric Surgery Support Group Meets June 20

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Patients who have undergone bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, or those considering the procedure, may benefit from learning more about the process from experts and people who have gone through it.

A bariatric surgery support group will meet Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Baptist Health Louisville Education Center.

Facilitators of this group are professionals who can help guide participants through the life-changing process. "The primary mission of this group is to provide support and lasting community for those in bariatric surgery process," said Karen Barnett Sparks, the group's leader. "The group incorporates activities along with helpful speakers to remind participants that surgery is just the beginning of a much larger commitment to a lifestyle change."

Topics covered include handling anxiety and stress. Personal change is also encouraged.

Participants will learn from dietitians, psychiatric specialists, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Baptist Health offers adjustable gastric bounding weight-loss (bariatric) surgery. The mininally invasive procedure is performed by surgeons G. Derek Weiss, MD and John S. Oldham Jr., MD, of Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates.

Bariatric surgery reduces the size of the stomach and, in some cases, alters the digestion process to curb the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed. Most patients lose about 50% of their excess weight in the first year after surgery.

To register for the group, call the Baptist Health Information Center at (502) 897-8131.