Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

Clinical Services

The Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program is committed to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health. Because every patient considering bariatric surgery is unique, the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program offers a full range of bariatric surgical options including: adjustable gastric band, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and robotic-assisted bariatric surgery. This ensures that patients receive the bariatric surgery that will provide them with the best possible results.

All procedures performed by Penn's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program use a minimally invasive approach called laparoscopic-assisted surgery, which offers many benefits for patients including shorter recovery times and less post-operative pain. Our bariatric specialists have performed more than 500 robotic LAP-BAND® and sleeve gastrectomy procedures.

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Sleeve Gastrectomy

    This procedure is typically considered for patients 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 a patient's health.

  • Adjustable Gastric Band

    Adjustable Gastric Band

    The least invasive bariatric surgery available, this procedure is done laparoscopically and involves no stomach stapling or gastrointestinal bypass. The band is placed around the upper portion of the stomach, forming a small pouch with a narrow opening into the lower stomach. The band — which can be adjusted as needed following surgery — causes food to be retained in the pouch for a longer period of time, helping the individual to eat less.

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RGB)

    Roux–en–Y Gastric Bypass (RGB)

    The most common gastric bypass surgery, this procedure 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.