Resources and Support
Yale New Haven Hospital's commitment to comprehensive, compassionate care for weight loss patients reaches beyond the examination room. We provide access to a variety of support services and resources for potential, pre- and post-operative bariatric surgery patients.
The widespread use of support groups has provided weight loss surgery patients an excellent opportunity to discuss their various personal and professional issues. Most learn, for example, that weight loss surgery will not immediately resolve existing emotional issues or heal the years of damage that morbid obesity might have inflicted on their emotional well-being. Ongoing post-surgical support helps product the greatest level of success for their patients.
We hold monthly support group meetings which address the needs of preoperative and postoperative patients. In addition, nutritional support groups and behavioral aftercare lifestyle programs are available on an ongoing basis.
Comprehensive Follow-Up Care
At Yale New Haven Hospital, surgeons closely monitor patients after all weight-loss procedures. Routine follow-up visits are scheduled at two weeks, two months, six months and 12 months following surgery. After one year, visits are annual. During these exams, care providers review personalized health, diet, exercise, medication and vitamin/mineral requirements. Annual visits help us provide you with early intervention for any postoperative problems and to track your progress over time.
Is Your Bariatric Surgeon Relocating or Retiring?
Have you had weight-loss surgery or are in the process and your surgeon has moved away or retired? As a bariatric surgery patient, your follow-up care from an experienced team is important to your success. Having an established surgeon is key to quickly identifying and treating any problem that might develop unexpectedly following a bariatric procedure.
Our experienced team of multidisciplinary weight-loss professionals including surgeons, Physician Assistants (PA), Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN), dietitians, social workers and an exercise physiologist can help address issues related to your bariatric surgery. If you would like to transfer your care to our team, please call 203-789-6237 to start the process.
Free Bariatric Support Group
Our free bariatric patient support group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month and welcomes individuals considering, preparing for and working to stay on track after weight-loss surgery. The group, which is led by our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, meets at 6 pm in the Fusco Auditorium (basement level) at 60 Temple Street in New Haven. Call 203-737-2766 for more information.