Welcome to our website!

Time to Weigh-up your options? Now that you have tried diet foods, diet tablets and every other diet on the planet, Bariatric Surgery or Gastric Bypass may be the solution for you.

Bariatric Surgery Support (BSS) is a Cape Town based Support Group for people seeking information and Support about Weight-Loss Surgery. We deal with a host of pre and post operation issues aimed at facilitating your journey to a healthier life style.

This website is dedicated to providing Pre- and Post Operation Information and Support about Bariatric Surgery:

Bariatric Surgery Support (BSS) is a unique initiative aimed at empowering people, through involvement and communication. It is the collective concept of Dr Andre Potgieter, Dr Etienne Swanepoel and their patients. It is a holistic approach focused on the patient/doctor relationship.

The purpose of Bariatric Surgery Support is to provide a platform for people to network, share, motivate, encourage and support each other in their journey to transforming themselves in body, mind and spirit.

Your Support Buddy

Barry the talking bathroom scale is our site icon, researcher, information centre, correspondent, motivator, friend and your support buddy on your life changing journey.

Apart from being an all round (pardon, well built!) nice guy, Barry knows a trick or two about weight-loss   that he wants to share with you. That’s why we call him “Bariatric”

Wherever you see him on our site, pause for a moment and read his Facts to Digest, tips and other useful information.

Help is always at hand. Ask Barry a question and he will point you in the right direction.



  1. great web site – well done everyone! – so wish i lived in CT so that i could be at the monthly meets with you all.

    i was given thie great book

    KNIFE, FORK and BAND your healthy living plan with a gastric band by Sally Johnston and Australian deititian.

    its not only for band patients but for all of us – great reciepies easy to follow and good sense eating.

    [ ISBN 9780 646 532 028 ]

    if you can get it – its worth while!

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