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Although weight-loss surgery can help many people achieve outstanding, lifechanging results, success depends on a life-long commitment to behavioral changes and medical follow up. Evidence shows that those who incorporate healthy eating, exercise and lifestyle changes with their surgery decrease the risks associated with heart disease and diabetes, and may lower death rates for patients with severe obesity. The Penrose-St. Francis Weight Loss Surgery Institute and your insurance company require that all bariatric weight loss surgery patients have pre- and post-surgical services as part of a weight loss surgery care plan. We have created the following pre-and post-surgical packages or you can contact your insurance carrier for a list of additional providers who offer similar services. These services and support programs are in place to ensure you have a strong foundation throughout your weight loss journey and that you are adjusting well to physiological, nutritional, and psychological changes before and after your surgery.
Pre and post-surgical services are provided by the Penrose-St. Francis Health Learning Center.
(Must be completed within one year from your surgical date.)
Support GroupsProfessionally run support groups for Lap-Band and gastric bypass surgery are available to individuals who have undergone bariatric surgery regardless of where their surgery took place. Those who are anticipating/planning bariatric surgery are welcome to attend support groups prior to surgery. Discussions are lead by former patients, surgeons, dieticians and plastic surgeons.
Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. (Guest Speaker) and every 2nd Friday at 6:30 pm & every 4th Saturday at 10:30am - noon
Cancer Center Conference Rooms A, B and C
2222 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Contact: Fran Jackson - 719-776-5359
PuebloSecond Saturday of the month at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, 1008 Minnequa Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004 (719) 557-4000
Bishop Tafoya Room, 10:30am - noon
Fran Jackson: 719-776-5359
Kay Jones: 719-475-1306 Cell: 719-238-8557
Bobbette Groce: 719-265-5486
Significant other and/or family members are encouraged to attend.
Wellness Center Package
The Penrose Hospital Wellness Center is equipped with treadmills, elliptical trainers, free weights, and weight machines. The center is staffed by certified
fitness specialists who will make sure you are using the equipment correctly and effectively. Certified wellness coaches will assist you in setting and
achieving your exercise goals.
Program Payment Options*
Option 1 - $750 - One-time pre-payment discount
Option 2 - Pay as you go for individual services
For questions or to register call 719-776-5359.
Should you desire additional help, behavioral therapy is available at the Center for Behavioral Health for an additional fee. Most insurance plans include a mental health benefit, so we recommend you check with your insurance carrier regarding your plan's coverage. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 719-634-1825.
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