“It is wonderful to walk together on the same path, facing identical issues and having similar goals.” – Dr. Ramen Goel, Founder, CMS
“This is unique! ” Dr Jain, Consultant endocrinologist at Wockhardt hospital Mumbai Central, had to say, when he attended one of Dr Ramen Goel’s support groups as an invited speaker. He adds, ” I have been to 6 major hospitals in US & UK in last 9 years- Cleveland clinic,UCLA- you name it, but have never seen something like this.
Support groups at CMS are large gatherings of primarily operated patients coming together quarterly to gain latest information & practical tips to improve lifestyle. Support groups are planned in advance & the whole team including bariatric surgeon is present to guide & interact with the group.
Goalkeepers share their success stories, problems they had to face because of the weight or associated diseases & the quality of life changes after bariatric surgery. These experiences of extraordinary determination & commitment motivates the whole group to improve lifestyle aspects in which they are lagging behind.
Discussion on vitamins, protein supplements, protein rich foods, fibre, eating out options, behavioural changes etc empowers them to make right choices.Discussing these apparently smaller but important issues with people who are going through a similar experience gives confidence & solutions to make things easier.
Many patients travel from places outside Mumbai to attend these focussed events, with take home messages. The success of our support meetings reflects in high awareness levels, high follow ups and low re-operation rate by Dr Goel.