Support Groups

 * ATTENTION: to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Bariatric Seminars, Support Groups and Pre-Surgery classes at Fort Sanders Regional have been suspended until further notice.*


Attending support groups is an excellent opportunity to connect with other weight loss surgery patients, and share and discuss your challenges in a supportive environment. Support group meetings also help patients adjust to the dietary and lifestyle changes that accompany their surgery and learn how to avoid returning to unhealthy habits. Ongoing support post-surgery is one of the keys to long term success for our patients!

Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons offers monthly support groups that meet at Fort Sanders Regional in Knoxville (Classroom 1 on the hospital’s Lobby Level) and at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville (Diabetes Services Conference Room).

Support Groups are led by Fort Sanders Regional Dietician Rachel Ignomirello, MS, RDN, LDN and/or Bariatric Coordinator Melissa Litton, RN. For more details, please call (865) 331-1385.

Knoxville Support Groups

Evening Combined Support Groups:
Meets at 6pm the 1st Tuesday and 7pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Daytime Support Groups:
Meets at 11am the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.

Groups for Patients 6 months & Beyond:
Meets at 5pm the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Cumberland Support Groups

Support group meetings are at 12pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Diabetes Services conference room at Cumberland Medical Center. Call (931) 459 -7164 for reservations and details.