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Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program

Overview

Our patients have lost a total of more than 23,000 pounds.

Jefferson's Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program in Philadelphia offers a range of fully laparoscopic procedures – including gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy — to help you begin the journey to a healthier life.

Laparoscopy, also known as minimally invasive surgery, has revolutionized weight-loss surgery. The weight loss achieved is similar to older open procedures. However, because smaller incisions are less painful, you get out of bed the night of your surgery. This can help shorten your hospital stay to as little as two days for gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

Jefferson is a Bariatric Surgery Accredited Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). Our surgeons are board certified by the American Board of Surgery. We collaborate with our nurse practitioners, dieticians, psychologists and medical consultant physicians – taking time to get to know you to help ensure you receive the highest-quality care.

Learn more about our board-certified surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive bariatric surgery on JeffersonHospital.org >


"My Weight Loss" Success Stories

WebinarFrom years of failed dieting attempts, to being at high risk of a host of serious health conditions to being tired of weight limiting their ability to enjoy life, our patients discuss their reasons for choosing bariatric surgery at Jefferson and share their success stories.

Stories


View Our Webinar with David S. Tichansky, MD, FACS On-Demand

Are you interested in learning more about bariatric surgery options?

Dr. Tichansky recently hosted a free webinar to discuss the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery. If you weren't able to view his presentation live, watch a replay of the webinar on-demand and find out if bariatric surgery is the right choice for you.

Treatment Options

Gastric Bypass Surgery (Laparoscopic)

  • Resects the portion of the stomach that makes ghrelin, a hormone that signals hunger to the brain. Approximately 70 to 80 percent of the stomach is removed while creating the new smaller stomach in the shape of a "sleeve."
  • Average weight loss is 55 percent of excess weight, which is slightly less than gastric bypass and more effective than traditional gastric banding.
  • Improvement in diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea occurs at greater rates than with traditional gastric banding and less than with the gastric bypass.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Involves stapling and dividing the stomach to make a new smaller stomach about the size of an egg. A piece of the intestine (the "Roux" limb) is then connected to the new smaller stomach for food to pass through and is then reconnected to the lower intestine to form a Y. The smaller stomach helps you feel satisfied, even full, after consuming a very small amount of food.
  • The bypass we perform at Jefferson only bypasses approximately one-third of the intestinal tract, leaving the last two-thirds to be the "common limb," which absorbs food relatively normally.
  • Most people will generally lose 60 to 70 percent of their excess body weight with this procedure. Most weight loss occurs in the first one and a half years.

Seminar Dates

This free seminar will help prepare you for bariatric surgery at Jefferson.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, April 24, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Jefferson at the Navy Yard
3 Crescent Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19112

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Jefferson's Methodist Hospital
2301 South Broad Street, Morgan Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Jefferson's Methodist Hospital
2301 South Broad Street, Morgan Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Jefferson at Voorhees
443 Laurel Oak Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043

Mondayday, May 19, 2014
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson University
1001 Locust Street - Hamilton Building, Room 210/211
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Monday, June 09, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Jefferson at the Navy Yard
3 Crescent Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19112

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Jefferson's Methodist Hospital
2301 South Broad Street, Morgan Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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Success Stories

Velour
To help others, Velour had to help herself.

A certified nursing assistant, Velour was constantly on her feet. Her focus was always on her patients, but her weight was interfering with her ability to help others and her lengthy list of health issues was growing.

Read how Paul Lost 140 Pounds >


Paul
It's not just on the scale that I see the difference.

After years of failed dieting, yo-yo weight losses followed by gains and growing tired of always being the heaviest person in the room, Paul began thinking about having bariatric surgery. At 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 379 pounds, the Downingtown father of three was ready to make a change in his life.

Read how Paul Lost 140 Pounds >


Carlos
I'm winning the weight loss challenge.

Carlos was not just obese, but morbidly obese and at high risk of a host of serious health conditions including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. He decided it was time to make a dramatic change.

Read how Carlos Lost 160 Pounds >


Delores
I'm healthier now, so I can be there for my son.

Dolores realized she had to choose a method of losing weight that would also provide her with support to help her keep it off. She decided to have bariatric surgery.

Read how Dolores Lost 115 Pounds >


Georgette
I broke up with my "best friend" - food.

Food and eating were Georgette's best friends. Food never judged her. Eating always comforted her. But for her health she needed to redefine those relationships. She turned to Jefferson to help her break up with her best friends.

Read how Georgette Lost 107 Pounds >