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Weight Management Mandatory Pre-Operative Educational Classes

The Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery

These groups are assigned to all pre-op patients as a requirement for surgical approval. Patients MUST contact their patient advocate to reschedule any of these assigned classes by calling 978-788-7207 or 978-788-7114.

Complications and Speed Bumps

A class taught by one of our staff nurses. The goals of this class are to teach patients what to expect as they prepare for surgery, to inform patients how to recognize rare post surgical complications, and to explain how best to avoid common speed bumps that might slow down progress.

Guidelines

A class taught by one of our staff dietitians. The goal of this class is to teach patients the proper way to eat to achieve and maintain weight loss goals both before and after surgery. Weight loss surgery patients have different nutritional needs than non-surgical patients, so it is extremely important to know how to meet your body's needs for long term health and success.

Heal Faster

A class taught by a member of Lowell General Hospital's operating room nurses. The goal of this class is to give patients an understanding of how stress reduction and positive thinking helps healing after any surgery. Patients will receive a relaxation CD that can be used at home to practice relaxation techniques to help prepare for surgery.

Label Reading

A class taught by one of our staff dietitians. The goal of this class is to assist patients in the skill of reading, understanding, and interpreting the nutritional labels of the foods they buy. It is a critical skill for all weight loss patients to insure their success.

Panel of Experts

A group where patients get to meet with post-op patients from the Center to ask questions and learn how to be successful. Every question is important and answered honestly by patients going through the program. Panel members are willing to answer any question related to their personal journey. Since panel members are not medically trained, one of the Center's nurses is also present to deal with any medical questions that are asked.

How to be Successful

A group led by one of our mental health professionals. The goal of this group is to help patients learn ways to be successful. The group focuses on those new behaviors patients need for long-term success. Part of the class looks at what patients may already know, another offers some of the best wisdom from successful post-op patients, while tried and true strategies for thriving in your new life are shared as well.

About the Presenter

Staff from the Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery at Lowell General Hospital.

Public Fee: FREE
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