• Support Programs

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    Although weight-loss surgery can help many people achieve outstanding, life-changing 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.

    Support Groups
    Professionally run support groups for Lap-Band and gastric bypass & sleeve gastrectomy 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 led by former patients, surgeons, dietitians, psychologists.  

    Colorado Springs
    Meets the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. (Guest Speaker) and every 2nd Friday at 6:30 p.m. & every 4th Saturday from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.          
    Penrose Hospital  
    Cancer Center Conference Rooms A, B and C  
    2222 N. Nevada Ave.  
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907  
    Contact: Fran Jackson - 719-776-5359

    Second Saturday of the month (every other month starting October 2016) at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, 1008 Minnequa Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004  
    Bishop Tafoya Room, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting)
    Contact: Fran Jackson: 719-776-5359 

    People to call for information about support groups are: 
    Fran Jackson: 719-776-5359
    Kay Jones:   Cell: 719-238-8557
    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.

    • Ninety-day gym membership - Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F 
    • Pre- and post-fitness assessment
    • Four, one-hour sessions with a certified wellness coach

    For questions or to register call 719-776-7983.


  • Meet with one of our bariatric surgeons in Colorado Springs

    Need help deciding which weight loss procedure is right for you? Contact Penrose-St. Francis Weight Loss Surgery Institute today and set up a consultation with one of our Colorado Springs bariatric surgeons.

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