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Patient Support


We want you to succeed.

At the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss, patients are in regular contact with experts in nutrition and exercise, as well as nurses, psychologists and socials workers who run weekly support groups to help you succeed.

Our patients go through a series of steps that are proven to ensure their success.

    Step 1: Attend seminar
    Step 2: First office visit with surgeon
    Step 3: Nutritional evaluation with dietician (required)
    Step 4: Psychological evaluation (required)
    Step 5: Pre-op testing and medical clearance
    Step 6: Second office visit with surgeon or nurse practitioner
    Step 7: Office visit with weight loss surgery nurse clinician/educator
    Step 8: Surgery
    Step 9: Ongoing post-op support, including support groups

Patient Contract

We require that all our patients review and sign a Patient Contract to ensure that all our patients understand the commitment of weight loss surgery.

Click here to download Southcoast Patient Contract for Bariatric Surgery (PDF)

Ongoing, Supportive Programs

We are the region's leader in weight loss surgery, offering unprecedented support through a full-service program consisting of pre-op education and ongoing post-op support to provide support and maximize success outcomes for our patients.

Preoperative care for optimum success outcomes:

  • Behavioral workshop
  • Laboratory and medical screenings
  • Nutritional support and guidance
  • Education

Fitness support in partnership with the YMCA Southcoast:

  • Pre-op and post-op bariatric-sensitive/specific programs
  • Morning and evening classes
  • Popular program, with average class attendance of 8 to 10 patients

Free support groups on nutrition, psycho-social and medical topics:

  • Well-attended, with monthly average of 120 to 160 patients
  • Series of small groups (10 to 20 patients)
  • Conveniently located in Wareham, Cape Cod, New Bedford and Fall River
  • Quarterly newsletter to all patients

Support Groups

Bariataric surgery support groups are held regularly throughout the South Coast. See the schedule below for the latest information.

For questions about any of these groups, call Psychology Associates at 508-295-2699.

Our support groups are free to our patients.

A Note About Our Support Groups: Support groups are exclusively for patients who have had their weight loss surgery at the Southcoast Center for Weight Loss. Because of our large volumes and specialized programs, we cannot accommodate patients who have had their surgery at other hospitals.

Current Support Calendar

Click to enlarge or download the calendar as a PDF.

Links & Resources

Many websites contain helpful information about weight loss surgery. Search terms such as obesity surgery, obesity, weight loss surgery or bariatric surgery will lead you to helpful information.

Below is a list of sites our patients have found useful.

Bariatric Surgery Information

Obesity & Eating

Nutrition Tracking


Online Communities

Groups Run By Post-Op Patients




Find a FREE information session near you

Southcoast Center for Weight Loss
100 Rosebrook Way
Wareham, MA 02571
Fax: 508-273-4901

Southcoast Center for Weight Loss
300 Hanover Street, Suite 1F
Fall River, MA 02720
Fax: 508-273-4901


Southcoast is designated as an accredited center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation & Quality Improvement Program.

Southcoast Center for Weight Loss is 5-star recipient from Healthgrades

Southcoast is the only hospital in the region* to receive 5-star recognition for overall bariatric surgery by Healthgrades for 4 years in a row (2009-2012). * "Region" is defined as Providence/New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA CBSA as defined by the U.S. Office of Management & Budget.

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