At our bariatric surgery program, I have gone away from impersonal scheduled group informational seminars. I have found whether it was a group of 5 or a group of 50, attendees are not getting the deep understanding of the important information to make an informed decision about surgery. Instead, for the last several years, I have scheduled the consultation with enough time to provide the entire seminar one-on-one. It is usually scheduled for a full hour. I have received amazing reviews of this process, as all of the other bariatric surgery programs start with an impersonal large group informational seminar. Don't settle for a 5-10 minute consultation with your doctor who is going to perform a life altering surgery.