Jefferson University Hospitals

My Weight Loss

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.

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. Since our program was established in 2008, more than 1,000 patients who underwent one of our fully laparoscopic procedures to treat morbid obesity have lost a total of 23,000+ pounds.

Are You 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 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.

To schedule an appointment with the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program or to register for a seminar, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW.