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Support groups and other resources for weight loss surgery patients

Back on Track Workshop

For weight loss surgery patients who have experienced weight re-gain. This five hour class offers strategies and support toward health. Offered three times a year winter, spring and fall. Register now.

For more information on the Bariatric Center,
call 763-236-2045 or
sign up for an informational class.

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When you're a patient at Unity Hospital, weight loss surgery is not a journey you take alone. The most successful patients are those with a large support system to motivate and help them along. Here are some helpful resources for pre-surgery planning, and post-surgery success.

Support groups

The Unity Hospital Bariatric Center offers a variety of weight loss surgery support groups throughout the Twin Cities metro and Minnesota. Designed to meet the needs of all patients, our support group options include:

BMI chart

A Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a ratio of your height and weight. While there are other factors to consider, BMI is one measurement of health, and a factor in eligibility for weight surgery. Calculate your BMI.

Unity Bariatric Center online community

The Unity Bariatric Center is pleased to offer a Bariatric Surgery Network online support community. Whether you are looking to connect with other patients, ask questions in the discussion forum, share photos and recipes, post updates and events - the Network is a safe place to get information and support about weight loss surgery. Patients, supporters and those considering surgery are all welcome. Join the conversation at

Online forums and tools

Independent resources to support patients on their journey before and after their surgery. These sites are not affiliated with Unity Hospital or Allina Health.

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


One of the largest online forums for information on Weight Loss Surgery.

Obesity Help

A popular online magazine and forum for all bariatrics patients and supporters.

Bariatric Advantage

An online supplier of bariatric vitamins and supplements.

Barbara Thompson's Life After Surgery News

A free newsletter featuring information and research material to help patients succeed following weight loss surgery.

Obesity Action Coalition

A resource for individuals struggling with obesity. The OAC offers information about obesity, weight loss tools, patient advocacy and more.

Nutrition resources

Allina Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Weight - It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!

National Institutes of Health: Weight control information network (NIDDK)

US Department of Agriculture: MyPlate

The Daily Plate: Helping you eat smarter

My Calorie Counter: Free online diet and exercise journal

Fit Day

Healthy Dining Finder

Insurance links

Eligibility for weight loss surgery may vary by insurance provider. Please check with your provider to see if you meet these criteria. Here are some helpful links to insurance requirements and other weight loss surgery resources:

Aetna - Clinical Policy Bulletin: Obesity Surgery

BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota - Medical and Behavioral Health Policy Manual - Surgery for Morbid Obesity

Empire BlueCross BlueShield - Medical Policies

BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois - Medical Policies

Anthem BlueCross BlueShield - Surgery for Clinically Severe Obesity Criteria

Adobe Reader required to download document. Cigna - Healthcare Coverage Position for Bariatric Surgery

Adobe Reader required to download document. Healthpartners - Weight Loss Surgery for Obesity Criteria

Adobe Reader required to download document. Medica - Utilization Management Policy - Gastrointestinal Surgery for Morbid Obesity

Adobe Reader required to download document. United Health Care - Bariatric surgery medical policy