Surgical Institute, in conjunction with the Avera McKennan Bariatric Institute, host monthly events for you to learn more about surgical and non-surgical weight loss options. 

Surgical Weight Loss
  Learn more about Weight Loss Surgery 

Non-Surgical Weight Loss

More Information
  Visit the Surgical Institute Bariatric Surgery Information Page
  Watch a video of Dr. Thaemert talking about surgical and non-surgical weight loss:


Bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure. Support groups have proven to be an essential part of a long-term successful treatment plan. Group sessions promote healthy lifestyle changes by providing a forum to network with others on a similar journey. Sharing experiences can be both supportive and educational.
Bariatric support group sessions are open to anyone who's already had weight loss surgery or for those considering it. 

Traditional Face to Face Support Group
2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm

Location:  Avera McKennan Fitness Center Conference Room
                  3400 S. Southeastern Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Video-Conference Options at Your Local Hospital
2nd Thursday of each month at 12:00pm
3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm
Important: In order to participate in the video conference support groups, you must have a valid email address and register online.

For more information, download the Support Group Flyer