Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

Both Fairview and HealthEast offer support groups for patients who are considering or have had weight loss surgery.

Fairview Support Group

The Fairview Southdale Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Support Group is a patient-led forum that meets monthly at the hospital. Facilitated by our staff, the support group shares experiences, provides encouragement and education, and is open to those who have had weight loss surgery, are scheduled for surgery, and those considering surgery.

Fairview Support Group Topics 2019

The Fairview Southdale Hospital Weight Loss Surgery Support Group is a patient-lead forum that meets monthly at the hospital. Facilitated by our staff, the support group shares experiences, provide encouragement, and education and is open to those who have had weight loss surgery, are scheduled for surgery, and those whom are considering surgery.  

Support Group sessions take place the third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Fairview Southdale Hospital in the Au Fait Nursing Education Room.

January 16th – Let’s talk about last year’s successes and plan more for 2019!

February 20th – It’s heart month. Let’s talk and get to know each other better. Donna Ziemer, RN will be facilitator.

March 20th – Robin Quast, RD, LD will speak – topic TBD.

April 17th – Let’s try some nutritional supplements and protein bars before you buy. There will be several provided for tasting, and if you would like one to share, please bring it along.

May 15th – TBD Kendra

June 19th – TBD Kendra

July 17th – Our annual summer picnic in the Au Fait Room Bring a dish to pass if you wish. Beverages and tableware provided. This will be another time to “just talk”.

August 21st - “Let’s talk – a day in the month devoted to answering questions about surgery and to discuss both the preop and postop journeys.

September 18th – TBD

October 16th – “Let’s talk – a day in the month devoted to answering questions about surgery and to discuss both the preop and postop journeys.

November 20th – TBA

December 18th - We will have our annual Holiday Party in the Au Fait Room. Bring a dish to pass if you wish. Beverages and tableware provided.

HealthEast Support Groups

Connections: Bariatric Care support group

Connections: Bariatric Care is a monthly support group for people who are interested in having bariatric surgery at HealthEast and those who have already had surgery and are at any point along their journey. 

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital in the 3M Education Center (A-B room). The group is led by Paul Bagdade, PhD, LP, Behavioral Health Director, HealthEast Surgery & Bariatric Care. There is no cost for this group and registration is not required.

Connections: Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Support Group


Connections: Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Support Group is a support group for HealthEast patients who have undergone weight loss surgery and are at least three months post-surgery. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.


  • Meets quarterly, the 4th Monday in January, April, July and October from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the 3M Education Center, rooms A/B. 
  • Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at HealthEast Clinic and Specialty Center – Maplewood in the 1st floor conference room.