Jefferson University Hospitals

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

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The Bariatric Surgery Support Group is an in-person forum designed to provide education, assistance and support for a healthier lifestyle and behaviors.

Our group is a safe, positive and supportive environment where all patients are welcome before or after surgery. Support groups are led by program dietitian, Michelle Porter, RDN, MPH.

Discussion within the group is focused around weight management and can include topics such as:

  • Stress/emotional eating management
  • Skill-building for long-term weight loss
  • Social support/pressures
  • Goal setting
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise

How Do I Attend?

Registration is not required, but please make sure we have your e-mail and you are able to receive last minute information (e.g., group cancellations due to weather, etc.).

If you're not sure we have your information, or if you want to be added to our list for updates, please sign up here. Your information is secure and never shared.


Thursdays – 10:30am – 11:30am
211 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA
2nd Floor classroom (across from elevator)

Thursdays – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
211 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Suite 402 waiting room

Fridays (Every other) – 12:30pm – 1:30pm
443 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ

What If I Can't Make A Meeting?

Can’t make it into the office? Jefferson’s Bariatrics department is now offering a way for you to virtually participate in your support group with Telehealth. Using any web-enabled device that has a camera, such as a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can continue your journey to better health without interrupting your other responsibilities.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to participate virtually, please contact Brittany Clement, Telehealth Coordinator at 215-313-7430.

Request an Appointment

If this is your time to safely and effectively manage your weight, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with our specialists.