Jefferson University Hospitals

Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Program

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Today, approximately one in 25 Americans is morbidly obese. That is, anyone who is roughly 100 pounds overweight or roughly 75 pounds overweight with other weight-related conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and/or high cholesterol.

For the vast majority of the morbidly obese, diet and exercise simply don't lead to significant, or sustained, weight loss. Fortunately, for many people, bariatric (weight loss) surgery provides a better alternative – helping to break the cycle of obesity.

What are the Outcomes of Gastric Bypass Surgery & Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Jefferson’s Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program offers minimally invasive and robotic bariatric procedures to help patients begin the journey to a healthier life. Since our Program was established in 2008, more than 1,400 patients have undergone one of our minimally invasive sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass procedures to treat morbid obesity.

Our outcomes, including weight loss and complication rates, are outstanding. We attribute our success to exacting care of patients before, during and after surgery and adherence to Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program guidelines. Learn more about our outcomes.

Am I A Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Am I A Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Candidates have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more or a BMI of 35 or above in association with weight-related comorbidities such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiac conditions, hyperlipidemia, asthma or joint problems, especially of the lower extremities.

Patients are presented with the benefits and drawbacks of each treatment option and guided in their choice of procedure. All patients undergo extensive evaluation by our multidisciplinary team to minimize risk. The procedures are performed laparoscopically, yielding less postoperative discomfort, quicker recovery and lower complication rates when compared with the "open" surgical approach. Learn more about the criteria for bariatric surgery.

Why Choose Jefferson for Bariatric Surgery in Philadelphia?

Bariatric surgery has been proven to be the most effective way to treat severe obesity. Jefferson's Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program is designated as a Center of Excellence from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Our Program consists of a team of experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals offering you the safest, most successful bariatric surgery experience possible. Our surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Surgery. We collaborate with our nurse practitioners, dieticians, psychologists and medical consultant physicians. We focus on getting to know you to help ensure you receive the highest-quality care. We see you, the person, not your weight. 

The decision to have weight-loss surgery should not be taken lightly. As you explore these potentially life-changing procedures, you're sure to have plenty of questions and/or concerns. We encourage you to reach out to our team. We're here to help you understand the benefits and weigh the risks.

Learn More By Attending a Free Bariatric Seminar

Do you have questions or are you interested in learning more about bariatric surgery? Join us for a free educational seminar where you can meet our surgeons and learn how weight loss surgery can help you gain control of your weight, regain health and start a new life.

Next Day Appointments Available

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or request an appointment online.

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