Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program

What to Expect

At the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program, patient safety is paramount. That is why all of the Penn Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program locations adhere to a standard pre– and post–surgical process. This distinguishes the program and helps ensure the safety of its patients and positive outcomes.

The first step in this process is a meeting with a surgeon and the bariatric team. During this appointment, patients are evaluated to determine whether they meet the specific criteria required for bariatric surgery.

Patients who are possible candidates for bariatric surgery then undergo a series of medical screenings and attend a pre–operative nutrition class where they receive extensive diet education.

At this time, a letter is sent to the patient's insurance company to obtain approval for the operation. The approval process can take from a few weeks to months, depending on the insurance company.