An important feature of the Backus Weight Loss Center is the ongoing support and counseling offered to patients throughout their weight-loss journey.
“We are very excited to offer the LAP-BAND® surgery,” said Elizabeth Sibicky, an RN in the Diabetes Management Center. “This is a tool, not a cure or a quick fix, but a tool that helps patients who are obese to regain their health. This provides an option for patients in the Norwich area, who would have had to travel for surgery in the past.”
Ms. Sibicky underwent gastric bypass surgery herself seven years ago, so she understands management after the procedure is more important than the procedure itself. She said patients who have enrolled for the program are incredibly positive. The team will work with patients to educate them about the surgery and what it entails.
“We spend a long time preparing the patients, to make sure they have the motivation to follow through,” she said.
She has worked with bariatric patients in the past, for managing metabolic diseases, counseling them on nutrition, emotional and psychological issues. There will be support groups for patients before and after surgery. The pre-operative support group, which patients need to register for, will include presentations by surgeons, dietitians and psychiatrists about the surgery and its impact on patients. The goal is educating patients and providing support for them during this time.
Post-surgery a monthly support group will be offered for patients to share common experiences and gain support from their peers and staff. These meetings may be run jointly by nutrition and psychiatry or may vary from month to month. The nutrition based meetings can include recipes, shopping lists and cooking demonstrations to help support and develop healthy eating habits.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this type of comprehensive program to our community,” Ms. Sibicky said.
Lap Band/Bariatric Support Group
For patients who have undergone or considering bariatric surgery. Meets on the third Tuesday of the month.
When: Every third Tuesday, 5- 6 pm
Where: Backus Outpatient Care Center conference room 1, 111 Salem Tpke., Norwich
Program free, but registration is requested.
Contact: Joan Sommers at (860) 889-8331 ext. 4965.