Aftercare Program & Support

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s comprehensive weight loss program offers care and support customized to each patient’s needs. Our multidisciplinary team approach is comprised of education and training, support programs, and access to a team of bariatric specialists. Our team of specialists includes an expert bariatric surgeon, medical bariatrician, bariatric coordinator, behavioral health therapist, and a dietician.

Options for Weight Loss and Aftercare Program

Watch this webinar with Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center team members and learn about your weight loss options, including Aftercare Program benefits like nutritional counseling and support groups.

Program Features & Benefits

Bari Boutique

Our Bari Boutique provides our patients with a nice, private and comfortable place to shop for gently used clothes for FREE. It is common for patients to not recognize their new size after a substantial weight loss – trying on clothes can help connect the mind with the new body as they begin to embrace the changes they go through after weight loss surgery. This is made possible through clothing donations.

Our goal is to help take the burden off of our patients as their weight rapidly changes in the months after surgery. We accept sizes 6X down to a small. We ask that all donated clothes are freshly laundered and free from stains and holes. We also accept shoes, purses, belts and accessories.

Patients can shop or donate between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or before/after a scheduled class or support group. We are located 2 miles from the NGMC Gainesville campus at:

Lanier Park (entrance A)
675 While Sulphur Road
Suite 260
Gainesville, GA 30501

Bariatric Yoga Class

Please join us for a relaxing yoga class prior to our Bariatric Support Group. This class is for new and existing patients who are going through their weight loss journey and are looking to incorporate light exercise while accepting their body in its current state.

You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, but we do have them available for use here during the class.

Community Connections

Our patients have access to our activity wall which keeps them updated on events at our center, lets them know where they can join gyms that offer them discounts and shows fun activities locally that they may have never considered before.

Cooking Classes

Our NGMC medical and surgical weight-loss patients have access to all recorded cooking class videos on our Facebook and YouTube channels. New videos are shared on the first Wednesday of each month and all previous videos are available on YouTube.

Recipe Wall

Our patients have access to our recipe wall so that they can explore new recipes from our cooking classes that support their weight loss journey. It’s hard to stay motivated if you are bored with your routine in the kitchen. Our dietitians creatively create recipes that taste good and support our patient weight loss journey.

Social Media & Livestreams

Our patients can take advantage of our in-person support groups to connect with other patients who are working toward having surgery or who had it years ago. They can also connect with us through social media for virtual support.

Connect with us on Facebook
We have a closed Facebook page for our patients to ask questions, share tips, support and encourage each other.

Subscribe to us on YouTube
You will have access to many recorded exercise classes and cooking videos. Classes are added every month.

Support Groups & Counseling

Bariatric Support Groups

The Bariatric Weight Loss Center offers free support groups open to anyone who has had, or is considering having, weight loss surgery at NGMC and their support partners.


In addition to support groups, our program has a dedicated Behavioral Health Specialist who conducts individual and family counseling sessions for our patients. 

For more information about our bariatric support groups & counseling, call 770-233-7296 or fill out our contact form.

Weight Lifting Class

This class will introduce our patients to light weight lifting that will help to prevent muscle wasting and increase tone after weight loss surgery. Resistance bands and light weights from 1-5 pounds will be provided.

Additional Resources

Helpful Links & Tools

The decision to have bariatric surgery is not always an easy one. Here are several resources that may help you learn more about weight loss surgery and whether it is right for you. You can find wellness information and healthy recipes, too!

ASMBS Patient Learning Center
Information about obesity and how to treat it.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Overweight & Obesity
Strategies to prevent and manage obesity, data, statistics and resources.

National Institutes of Health – Medline Plus
MedlinePlus is produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library. This weight loss surgery page brings you information obout obesity and other related conditions, as well as weight loss surgery.

Obesity Action Coalition: Public Educational Resources
Download PDFs or request printed copies of educational resources.

Obesity Help
Information and forums about obesity, weight loss surgery and health and wellness, along with healthy recipes.

Educational Videos & Podcasts

The Bariatric Program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center provides educational resources to patients interested in surgical & non-surgical weight loss.

Begin Your Journey Today

There are three ways to get started:

  1. Watch our patient education video to learn about the options offered at NGMC.

  2. Connect with us using our short online form.

  3. Call 770-219-0446 to speak with a member of our team.