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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Bariatric Surgery Support Group & Classes

LINKS /Main Page/Qualifying for Surgery/Types of Surgery/Support Groups
Non-surgical Weight Loss Options/Nutrition Corner/FAQs 

Support Group:   We meet FRIDAYS of all EVEN months (Feb, Apr, June, etc) from 1:00-2:00pm at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC.  We will mostly meet on the 5th floor Mental Health Conference Room, B532, and sometimes off-site.  If you are not local to the Charleston area, ask the team to help you find a non-VA support group you could participate in that is closer to home.

Pre- and post-op patients and their support system are welcome and encouraged to attend. You do not need an appointment for this group, but will be checked-in upon arrival.

2017 Support Group TBA 


Support Group Photos

 Holiday Potluck (Support Group, Dec 2011) MUSC's Urban Farm Tour (Support Group, October 2012) Obstacle Course (Support Group, Feb 2012) 

Bariatric Surgery Open House/Information Seminar

Because our Bariatric Surgery Program services veterans across 3 states, we have a prerecorded session below for patients to watch from home.  This video lasts approximately 25 minutes, and is suggested prior to coming to your Initial Consult Appointment.   

 Watch our pre-recorded Information Seminar prior to your Initial Consult Appointment. HERE!!! 


Buddy List

The “Buddy List” will link post-op patients together for support from home, and will give pre-op patients a personal contact if they need support from another veteran or have questions prior to their surgery. Please let the bariatric surgery team know if you would like to participate, or send us an email.