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Learn more about weight loss surgery at a free information session featuring faculty from the Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program. Discover the benefits of pursuing a healthy diet and lifestyle. Results may vary from person to person. However, this is your best chance for long-term weight loss success.

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Surgical Options: Are you a candidate?

All patients considering bariatric surgery at Penn must meet specific criteria before they can be considered for a screening evaluation. This criterion is based on universal standards established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and includes: body weight greater than 100 pounds overweight, a BMI greater than 40 or BMI greater than 35 with medical complications related to obesity, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. Clinicians at the Program will evaluate other criteria to determine if bariatric surgery is appropriate.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass)

The most common gastric bypass surgery, RGB shortens the digestive tract by creating a small gastric pouch from the upper portion of the stomach. The intestine is connected to this pouch, thus bypassing the larger portion of the stomach and part of the intestines, restricting food intake.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG)

This procedure is typically considered for people with a BMI of 50 or higher. During the surgery, a sleeve–shaped tube is created from a small portion of the stomach and the majority of the stomach is removed. Food passes through the new stomach tube directly into the intestines. Sleeve gastrectomy may require a second operation if significant weight loss is required to improve your health.

Top 5 Ways Your Health Benefits From Bariatric Surgery

  1. Weight Loss: Most patients lose weight rapidly immediately following the surgery and continue to do so for 18 to 36 months. Added bonus: shopping for new clothes.
  2. Diabetes Remission: Many patients with type 2 diabetes will experience remission following surgery, say good bye to needle pricks and measuring cups.
  3. Lower Cholesterol & Blood Pressure: Obesity-related health conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol will automatically improve, lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease.
  4. Sleep Apnea: Get a better nights rest. In sleep study tests Bariatric surgery has proven to subdue obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.
  5. Quality of Life: After surgery patients experience overall improvement of emotional well-being, more energy and more active lifestyles.

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Penn Bariatric Surgery: The Most Experienced in the Region

With over 20 years of experience in weight loss surgery, the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program offers those who are severely obese the latest surgical procedures as tools to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Bariatric surgeons at Penn personalize treatment plans to match the needs of each patient. Penn prides itself in its continual commitment to quality, excellence and outcomes.


Penn's Bariatric Surgery program is accredited for its commitment to excellence in metabolic and weight loss care and research.

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Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery®