Did you know that Humboldt General Hospital offers a support group for
pre-op and post-op bariatric patients?
The Bariatric Support Group will meet next from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday,
September 24, in the hospital's Sonoma Conference Room.
HGH Licensed Social Worker Laura Nelson facilitates the group. She explained
that while Humboldt General Hospital does not offer weight loss surgery,
the support group is offered as a community service.
Those considering surgery as well as those who have undergone the procedure
"The decision to undergo weight loss surgery is not one to be taken
lightly," said Nelson. "Bariatric surgery is a tool for many
patients to jumpstart their transformation towards a more active and healthy
lifestyle, but long-term support is critical to their success."
Nelson brings her compassionate skill set to the group including patient
advocacy, active listening and the bounty of resources at her disposal.
She also brings a more personal element to her facilitation, having recently
undergone the surgery herself.
Nelson said group members and their supporters receive up-to-date weight
loss information, consider issues in the context of the disease of obesity,
and have the opportunity to discuss personal or professional issues that
arise from the consequences of bariatric surgery.
All sessions include time for questions and social interaction. Significant
others are encouraged to attend, and there is no charge to participate.
For more information on Humboldt General Hospital's Bariatric Support
Group, please contact Laura Nelson, BSW/LSW, at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1440.