Photo of Penn Bariatric Surgery patient, Erika Durham stretching before a run.

Meet Erika

Erika was tired of always feeling physically and emotionally drained. One day she decided it was time to make a change with bariatric surgery at Penn.

Watch her story

At the Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, we're committed not only to helping you achieve your weight loss goals, but also to improving your overall health. And the benefits of bariatric surgery are vast. It can improve your quality of life, reverse diabetes, eliminate sleep apnea, help control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Under the leadership of Noel Williams, MD, FRCSI, director, our team of professionals — experts in their respective fields of nursing, nutrition, psychology and surgery — will guide you along your entire weight loss journey. The team works together to provide you with the highest quality of care, from the time of your free information session and support groups, to the day of your bariatric surgery and long-term followup care both in-office at at your fingertips with our new LifeGained app.

Because every patient is unique, our program offers a full range of bariatric surgical options, ensuring that you receive the bariatric surgery that's right for you. All bariatric surgery procedures performed at Penn use a minimally invasive approach with either laparoscopy or robotic surgery. Both surgical approaches offer many benefits, including shorter recovery times and less post-operative pain. 

MBSAQIP Accredited CenterThe Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program is accredited a MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive at all three of our locations: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Procedures and Information

Information Sessions

Find an information session, where you can learn about Penn's Bariatric Surgery Program and see if it's right for you.

Support Groups

Whether you’re pre- or post-surgery, support groups are a good opportunity to share experiences and receive support from the Penn Bariatric community.

Awards and Accolades

Penn's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program has been recognized as a MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive and more.

Who Is a Candidate

Bariatric surgery is an important step in your journey to good health. Learn if you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery at Penn.

Procedures

You and your surgeon will decide which type of surgery and surgical procedure is best for you. Read about the procedures available at Penn Medicine.

What to Expect

We ensure the safety of our patients and positive outcomes by adhering to strict processes before and after surgery.

Patient Stories

Read stories from our patients who have had bariatric surgery at Penn, and see how they have embraced and maintained healthier lifestyles.

Team

Meet our team of experts in surgery, nursing and nutrition who are associated with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program.

Adolescent Bariatric Program

A unique collaboration of staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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