Bariatric Surgery Program

Support Services

As part of our holistic approach to patient care, we are pleased to offer the following support services:

Support Groups

Weight loss surgery patients who attend support groups have greater long-term success in keeping the weight off. We offer our Bariatric Surgery Program patients support groups that meet twice a month. Please call 714-771-8298 for more information.

Dietitian Education

St. Joseph Hospital surgical weight loss patients are provided with individual dietary consultations as well as group classes to assist with weight loss needs for long-term success. Preoperatively, the program dietitian also teaches the Behavior Modification class to promote lifestyle change and readiness for surgery. Please call 714-628-3242 for further information.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Group sessions are available to patients before and after surgery. Please call our at 714-771-8298 for more information.

Pre-op Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program

Many insurance companies require a Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program to be completed within the past year in order to qualify for weight loss surgery. St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group offers a program that meets this requirement. The weight loss patients are provided with individual dietary consultations by a registered dietitian, physician visits by their primary care physician, group nutrition classes, regular meetings with an exercise specialist (fees apply), as well as a behavior change component to qualify and assist with weight loss needs prior to surgical intervention. Please call St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group at 714-628-3242 for more information. The address for St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group's Center for Health Promotion is:

2212 E. 4th St., Suite 301
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Exercise, Yoga and Body Conditioning

Exercise, stretching, yoga and body conditioning offers surgical weight loss patients a way to improve muscle strength, conditioning and mind-body wellness. St Joseph Hospital has many exercise classes for our bariatric surgery patients. For more information, call 714-744-8523.