COVID-19: Screening, Updates, Visitor Policy

Support Group

Patients sitting in circle at support group

The following classes and groups are available for weight loss surgery and bariatric treatment patients, family, and friends.

**Until further notice, support groups will be held virtually due to social distancing**

Ashley River Tower (ART) 1st Floor Auditorium, Room 1119
25 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC 29401

You may park in any MUSC visitor lot and we will validate your parking. You are still responsible for the first $3. We do not validate valet parking (which is $10).

Monthly Support Group

The MUSC Bariatric Surgery Program's support group is offered the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Since January 2020 - we are trying a new time for group, following preoperative class, from 3:30-5:00 PM.

Support group is optional, but highly encouraged. It is a great place to find connection, community, and support from other people going through a similar experience. Support group can help you learn what to expect after surgery, learn about healthy eating patterns and cope with lifelong behavior change.

Our group is open to those considering surgery, post-op patients, as well as family and friends supporting the patient undergoing bariatric surgery. We are open to have patients who have had surgery elsewhere attend our group.

The format alternates between an open forum and a facilitated discussion with a credentialed health care provider. Topics include nutrition, psychology, exercise, plastic surgery, and more. There is always time for social interaction and questions.

2020 Schedule

As of January we will be trying a new time for Support Group: 3:30-5:00 PM; Beginning in April, group will be VIRTUAL until further notice

  • January 21 - Refocus your Resolutions in 2020
  • February 18 - Producing the Ultimate Power Couple: Interactive Meal Planning with Protein and Produce
  • March 17 - Postop IRL (in real life): Navigating Challenges through Patient Stories
  • April 21 (Virtual) - Virtual Check-in During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
  • May 19 (Virtual) - Cleaning Out The Closet: Taking stock of your health behaviors during COVID-19 with MUSC Psychologist, Dr. Humberto Cruz, and your Bariatric Dietitians, Molly and Amanda  
  • June 21 (Virtual) - Finding a new flow: Taking care in your new "normal" with Nina Crowley, PhD, RD and Lauren Timmerman, NP  
  • July 21 (Virtual) - Join Bariatric RN Coordinator, Beth Fogle as she leads a discussion about "The COVID Shuffle: Eat, Drink, Move (to the tune of the Cupid Shuffle)!
  • August 18 (TBD)

Support Group Recordings, Blog Posts, and Educational Handouts