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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 & 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,
Check out the themes for the 2015 support groups.
the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. (Guest Speaker) and every 2nd Friday
at 6:30 .p.m & every 4th Saturday at 10:30 a.m. - noonPenrose 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 at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, 1008
Minnequa Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004
Tafoya Room, 10:30 a.m. – noonContact: Brenda Wills: 719-948-2660
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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