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Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Program

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Appointments are available for new and existing patients. See below for more information.

Nearly 40 percent of American adults qualify as obese, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity increases the risk of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, as well as mental health conditions such as depression. The Jefferson Health Comprehensive Weight Management Center offers a range of treatments, including advanced minimally invasive bariatric surgery at Jefferson Methodist Hospital, to help you lose weight and get healthier.

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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.


If your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher, or you have a BMI of 35 or higher and a weight related health problem, you may benefit from nutritional and medical weight management programs. Jefferson Health offers a full spectrum of weight management services that may include individual assessments, personalized weight-loss plans, endoscopic procedures and/or assistance from endocrinologists, dietitians and other obesity medicine specialists.

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?

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)

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.

In 2019, the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program awarded Jefferson Methodist Hospital – Jefferson Health division with “Meritorious” status with regard to their composite quality score in the high risk category in the outcome areas of mortality, cardiac, respiratory (pneumonia) and renal failure, among others. 

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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.

During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

We are still scheduling appointments for new and existing patients; however, we have made several temporary adjustments to how we deliver care to reduce your risk and ensure safety. Adjustments we’ve made include:

  • Video/Telehealth visits
    These visits allow you to use a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or desktop computer with a camera to speak with your physician through a video connection.
  • Expanded In-person appointment hours
    We added early-morning and evening appointments for those with medical conditions that make them more susceptible to illness. Additionally, we created appropriate space between chairs in waiting areas and ensure that all patients and care team members have masks and appropriate protection.
  • Increased Health Protocols
    Learn some of the necessary steps we’ve taken to help patients and healthcare providers with their health.

Learn more about initiating a video visit by speaking with your physician’s office or by visiting our telehealth services page.

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