Dr. Tiffany Jessee, head of the Sun Coast Bariatrics practice, feels that support groups are an important part of success in a patient’s weight loss journey. She is a specialist in bariatric surgery in addition to being board-certified in general surgery. She was the first bariatric surgeon in the world to use the new ‘SPIDER’ surgical system that allows doctors to place a lap band using only one small incision. She is committed not only to expert care before and during any bariatric surgery procedures, but also excellence in follow-up after surgery. Her surgical team offers free information seminars on the Lap Band and gastric bypass surgery in Florida, post-surgery meetings on nutrition and healthy eating, and the support groups.
Studies have shown that support groups are very helpful for those who have had weight loss surgery. Group members can share the experiences and successes they have had in their weight loss journey, and encourage each other with helpful tips and tricks in a number of different areas. These areas can include staying on track with healthy eating, developing and maintaining a solid exercise routine, how to handle eating out at restaurants, and even simple things like staying hydrated on a hot day with a smaller stomach. Group participants can also discuss some of the pitfalls that can happen and how best to avoid them. Members celebrate weight loss and health successes with each other, such as number of pounds or inches lost, the ability to try new activities due to improved health, and the reduction of weight-related problems like high blood pressure and diabetes.
The calendar of events is located on the Sun Coast Bariatrics website. Prospective and current patients are welcome to contact the practice at 1-866-440-HOPE or (727) 289-7137 for more information. There is also a convenient message form on the website for those who have questions after hours. Dr. Jessee and the rest of the staff of Sun Coast Bariatrics look forward to continuing and enhancing the health and weight loss success of their Florida bariatric patients with the addition of more support groups.