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Aftercare Program & Support

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 comprises of education and training, support programs and access to a team of bariatric specialists, including an expert bariatric surgeon, medical bariatrician, bariatric coordinator, behavioral health therapist and a dietician.

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 it’s current state.

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

Register for a Free Yoga 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 Class

Our NGMC medial and surgical weight loss patients are welcome to join us for our FREE monthly cooking classes. This class will demonstrate how to prepare tasty, healthy recipes that will support their weight loss journey. Support persons are welcome to attend but must be registered separately due to seating. This class is held at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville campus at 743 Spring Street in the South Patient tower on the 2nd floor.

Register for a Free Cooking Class

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 dieticians creatively create recipes that taste good and support our patients’ 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.

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

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We live stream our support groups and classes on YouTube so that our patients always have access to support and education.

Support Groups & Counseling

The Bariatric Weight Loss Center offers a free support group open to anyone who has had, or is considering having, weight loss surgery 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. 

Register for an Online Support Group

Weight Lifting Class

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

Register for a Free Weight Lifting Class

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.

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