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Patient Support Groups

Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

Support group meetings are offered once a month and designed to assist in the lifetime journey of post-surgery weight loss. Each meeting will offer an educational topic followed by an opportunity for patients to share their success and pitfalls with fellow attendees.

Those welcome to attend our bariatric support groups:

  • Hands in a huddleWeight-loss surgery investigators seeking information and the “real-story”
  • Pre-op patients waiting for weight loss surgery
  • Early post-op patients or “newbies”
  • Long-term veteran patients to support others and just checking in
  • Back on trackers seeking to re-lose pounds
  • Friends or family members
  • Professionals-medical or other

Our support group meetings are intended for post-surgical weight loss patients of the UF Health Weight Loss Surgery Center; however, anyone new to the Gainesville area who is receiving or considering care with us is welcome to attend. There is no charge for attending the meeting and parking vouchers are available if needed. Reservations are not required.

Upcoming meeting dates and times


  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of the month.


  • UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
    1515 SW Archer Road, Room 1205 1st floor conference room
    Gainesville, FL 32608

2018 Schedule

  • 1/18/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    10 Successful Tips
  • 2/15/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Physical Exercise Gym
  • 3/15/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Sleep and your weight
  • 4/19/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Dr. Katz Body Sculpting
  • 5/17/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Walk with the Doc
  • 6/21/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Medications and Vitamins after WLS
  • 7/19/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Grocery Shopping and family meal planning-Walmart
  • 8/16/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Modifying meals and Recipe tips
  • 9/20/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 10/18/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • 11/15/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Ask the Surgeon and Bariatric team anything
  • 12/20/18
    Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Weight Regain

Please contact Gwen Crispell, RN,MSN, CBN, UF Health bariatric coordinator, for further questions, concerns or topics of interest at or 352.265.0111 x29634.

Note for Reporters and Journalism Students

If you are a member of the media or a journalism student who would like to report on this seminar, you < a href="">must make prior arrangements with Katrina McAfee or at 352.594.4135. UF Health policy states that all reporters must be escorted while on Shands-owned or UF-owned and -operated property.