Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

Patient Care

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The Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program understands that, for many people, the decision to have bariatric surgery can be a difficult one. That is why the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program provides prospective and current patients with all the information they need to make informed choices.

All patients considering bariatric surgery with the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program must meet specific criteria before they can be considered for a screening evaluation. This criteria is based on universal standards established by the National Institutes of Health and includes:

  • Body weight greater than 100 pounds or 45 kg above ideal weight.
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 or BMI greater than 35 with medical complications related to obesity, including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and gallbladder disease.
  • A documented history of weight management and weight loss attempts with supervised diets and exercise programs.
  • No indication of active alcoholism, active drug addiction or major psychiatric disorder.

Surgeons at the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program will evaluate other criteria, such as a patient’s age and general health, to determine if bariatric surgery is appropriate.