Supporting a Positive Change Choosing to undergo a bariatric surgical procedure is a big step toward a more healthy and active lifestyle. It’s also a serious commitment that requires a strong network of support for the best outcome and results.
When diet and exercise alone are ineffective, bariatric surgery is a weight-loss option for patients suffering from obesity who need help to lose weight and reduce their risks of serious health problems. The surgery is not a quick fix or fad diet; it’s a lifestyle change. Once you make the decision, dedication and the proper mindset are required to achieve desired goals.
“At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, we understand the bariatric weight-loss journey can be made easier
with support from our bariatric team, friends and family,” says Charlotte Long, certified bariatric nurse on staff at Texas Health Dallas. “We offer a weight-loss surgery program support group that is very supportive and designed to provide information about diet, exercise, education and other related topics in a group setting to help patients meet their personal goals. It’s extremely important for patients to feel guided, encouraged and motivated by others in order to receive the maximum benefits of the procedure.”
The weight-loss surgery program is a strong, supportive program that features a multidisciplinary bariatric team to provide excellent care. The team includes registered dietitians, bariatric nurses, a respiratory therapist, counselor and exercise physiologist who provide support throughout the weight-loss journey.
“The support group meets every fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. and is open to family and friends as well,” Long says. “During our one-hour sessions, we listen to personal stories and triumphs of bariatric patients, share educational information, have guest speakers — such as dietitians, chefs and exercise physiologists — and discuss issues or challenges that may arise.
“Research shows patients who participate in support groups and other forms of accountability are more motivated and successful in losing weight. Our ultimate goal is to help patients live brighter, fuller and healthier lives.”
For more information about the weight-loss surgery program at Texas Health Dallas, call 214-345-5155 or visit