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.
Need an appointment? Request one online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or call 800-789-PENN (7366) to speak to a referral counselor.