Weight Loss Surgery

Patient Support Systems

Stay connected each step of your weight loss journey and beyond. Connect with others on a similar path in a caring, supportive environment.

Providing Support Throughout Your Weight Loss Journey

Our mission is to provide nonjudgmental support, guidance, education, motivation and opportunities for weight loss surgery patients and support people pre- and post-operatively. To provide a safe forum to celebrate victories; as well as a safe forum to voice struggles and concerns.

In Person Support Group

Due to COVID-19, these in-person sessions have been canceled. The group is currently being held virtually through ZOOM. Please contact Kerry Roy for the meeting information and appropraite link.

Fourth Friday of Each Month

Pre Op/Post Op Sessions: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
The groups meet in the Bristol Hospital, Hughes Auditorium located on level A within the hospital.  Bristol Hospital is located at 41 Brewster Road, Bristol. Group meets from 5:30-6:30pm.  Free and convenient parking is available on-site. 

Bristol Health offers a free monthly support group meeting for patients who have had any type of weight loss surgery.  The group is also open to family members, patients who are preparing for bariatric surgery, and for those who are exploring their options for the procedure.  For more information, please call our office at 860.585.3339 or email kroy@bristolhospital.org.  The support group facilitator is Kerry Roy, RN, bariatric program coordinator.

Online Support

Patients within our program are invited to join our private Facebook group.  The goal of this group is to comfort and support those who have had weight loss surgery or are beginning their weight loss journey.  No medical advice or promotion of private businesses is allowed at any time in this group. We hear from our patients that they find the group as a great form of support and understanding, and the group members help to keep each other on track and accountable.  

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Walk From Obesity

The Bristol Hospital Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Program participates annually in the Walk from Obesity held at Rockwell Park in Bristol.  Our program is a major sponsor of the event as well as the main event organizer. The mission of the Walk from Obesity is to focus on addressing obesity through raising money for research, education, prevention and treatment of obesity. The Walk from Obesity is the nation's largest gathering of individuals affected by obesity. In cities all across the country, those focused on addressing obesity join forces and walk together.

Learn more about this great cause at walkfromobesity.com

Patient Success Stories

Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America

Bristol Hospital is a proud member of the WLSFA and its goal of empowering people to move from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery, education, support, performing charitable services, and supporting research to find solutions to enhance the quality of life of the morbidly obese community.  The WLSFA also helps raise funds and awareness for surgeries for patients that may not be covered by insurance. 
Our chapter of the WLFSA also has a facebook page where you can learn more about upcoming events, success stories, or just network with new contacts.  Join the private group at Facebook.com/WLSFA Central Connecticut Chapter


American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the "largest national society for this specialty.  The vision of the ASMBS is to improve public health and well being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world." 
For more information on ASMBS, please visit asmbs.org.

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