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What to Expect


Client Support Groups

Pre-operative Support

SupportWhether it is helping to guide you through the insurance process or providing you with as much information as you need to feel comfortable with your weight loss surgery options, we’ll be there to help you prepare.

We invite all interested candidates to attend a free seminar hosted by Dr. Tom in which you will learn all about bariatrics and have a chance to ask your questions. As strong support from family and friends can be very important to some clients, they often bring others to the seminar in order to better educate them. Most people that aren’t initially supportive of weight loss surgery are either concerned about the risks or have exaggerated or incorrect preconceived notions about weight loss surgery.

Helping them understand the advantages, benefits, and risks of weight loss surgery often helps resolve these concerns. Also, have your friends and family read Dr. Tom’s exclusive report, “Why Dieting Doesn’t Work and How You Can Finally Achieve Weight Loss,” to better understand your struggles and to see why weight loss surgery may be your best option.

If you find that those close to you remain unsupportive, you can rest assured that you will not be alone…

We’re Here For You

Blossom Buddies. Blossom Buddies is your ticket to immediate friendship and support. Along with enormous successes, a significant life change such as undergoing bariatric surgery can also bring about new challenges and adjustments. And nobody quite understands what you are going through like others who are in the same boat. Under the direction of our certified therapist, we connect you with peers and leaders so you can support, coach, encourage, and lean on one another when you might need it most.

Blossom Bites. Blossom Bites is our nutrition program that teaches you how to stay healthy after bariatric sleeve surgery. You will come to better understand what you need to change in your diet in order to maximize the effects of the surgery and stay at your healthy weight. Our Blossom nutritionist, provides weekly vlogs on nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and more to keep you motivated and successful.

Blossom Bodies. is our all-important – and extremely effective – fitness program. As you are already aware, a key component of losing weight and staying in shape is exercise. We’re here to help you keep your transformed body lean, strong, and full of newfound energy.

Blossom Beauty. Through Blossom Beauty, we support you in finding your “new you” – your new style, your new look. Blossom Beauty draws from a program called MindPrep™ to help you feel comfortable with yourself and your new body.


Over time, you will need regular checks for anemia (low red blood cell count), vitamin B12, folate and iron levels. In some rare instances, some clients might require Lap Band adjustment or revision bariatric surgery.

Other Sources

While the following outside websites may prove useful, please note our privacy policy does not apply once you’ve left our site. We encourage you to read the privacy policy of any site you visit.

Also, these links are for your convenience, but be advised that Blossom Bariatrics does not claim any responsibility for the content held within the following sites and shall not be held liable for any damages or injury arising from that content.

  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
    The Society was founded in 1983. Foremost American surgeons have formed this society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and allied health professionals.
  • Obesity Help
    Obesity Help is an online support group which strives to be the top weight-loss site on the Web by providing you with helpful and complete information about weight loss surgery and support.
  • Lap Band
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery
  • Obesity Action Coalition
    The mission of the OAC is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy, and support. The OAC strives to educate obese individuals, family members and the public on obesity.
  • American Obesity Association
    The Association will champion the cause by promoting education, research, and community action that can improve the quality of life and self-image of sufferers.
  • Weight Loss Surgery Info
    If you’re still unsure about bariatric surgery and want to take a step back to learn more about the basics, please visit our companion website. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter, WLS NewsSource.

Unable to attend a seminar in person? We recorded a recent seminar with Dr. Tom and are happy to share it with you here. Otherwise, see a list of upcoming seminars here.

Blossom Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, is home to nationally renowned, board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Tom Umbach and Dr. Matthew Apel. We offer a wealth of highly effective procedures, including the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. In addition, our bariatric surgeons perform revision bariatric surgery for clients who have undergone unsatisfactory surgery elsewhere. Our team of dedicated professionals invite you to schedule a personal appointment.