Evaluating a gastric bypass forum, lap band forums or forums for other procedures is not as straightforward as you may think… this page will help you find the one that’s right for you.
The bariatric surgery forums listed below each have a solid membership base dedicated to supporting bariatric surgery patients. Sign up for each and take the time to browse topics, questions and answers from members to find the one that best fits your style and needs.
While browsing, consider the following…
- The total number of members in each forum and topic area. For example, if you are primarily interested in talking with other duodenal switch patients, find the total number of members in the duodenal switch group at each forum. The more members, the more likely you will be to have someone online when you need support and the better your chances of finding someone you enjoy talking with.
- The total number of threads (original questions/comments) and posts and the dates of the most recent posts in your topic of interest. High numbers and recent dates mean that the forum topic is active and that you are likely to get a response when posting questions.
- When considering numbers, keep in mind that you may like the feel/intimacy of the smaller forums, so don’t rule them out until you try them.
- How important are chat rooms? In other words, do you want the ability to ask questions and receive responses live? If so, go with the forum that has that capability.
The Top 6 Forums
|Forum/Chat Room ( click below to jump to each forum)||Procedure Discussed||Total # of weight loss surgery members||Total threads related to weight loss surgery||Chat Rooms or Blogs Avail.?|
|Bariatric Surgery Source Forums/Blogs (can’t leave ourselves out!)||All bariatric surgery procedures||Bariatric Surgery Source Forums/Blogs (can’t leave ourselves out!)n/a – Our weight loss surgery forums are set up as individual questions, answers and/or blogs. You can ask questions, answer questions, post comments or post orignal contributions about a wide variety of topics.||Blogs|
|Duodenal Switch Information Zone||Duodenal switch surgery||Over 5,200||About 9,000||Neither|
|LapBandTalk.com||Lap band surgery||Over 10||Over 117,000||Chat Rooms|
|ObesityHelp||All bariatric surgery procedures||Undisclosed||Undisclosed||Chat Rooms|
|Vertical Sleeve Talk||Gastric sleeve surgery||Over 1,300||Over 2,850||Chat Rooms|
|Yahoo! Health Groups (type your specific area of interest into the search box once on Yahoo’s site)||All bariatric surgery procedures||n/a (Over 100 separate obesity surgery related groups ranging from 1 member to over 5,400 members)||n/a||Neither|