All of Penn Medicine's bariatric surgeons are highly skilled and experienced in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including laparoscopic and robotic bariatric surgery. We perform the highest volume of bariatric surgeries in the Philadelphia region.

As a leading academic medical center, Penn Medicine bariatric surgeons not only perform high volumes of minimally invasive surgery, but also teach the next generation.

You and your surgeon will decide which type of surgery and surgical procedure is best for you.

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery enables Penn Medicine surgeons to have increased precision and control, especially for more complex cases.

Robotic bariatric surgery may offer many benefits to the patient, which include:

  • Potential for fewer complications for certain individuals
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Lower risk of infection rates
  • A shorter hospital stay and quicker return home
  • Much lower rate of gastrointestinal leaks
  • Lower risk of needing follow-up surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery

As an alternative to open surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery (minimally invasive surgery) allows patients to recover faster, with benefits that include:

  • Less post-operative pain
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • A reduced rate of infection
  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller scars

What are the three types of bariatric surgery?

Learn about the different types of weight-loss surgery from our experts.

In This Section

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

During Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery, a sleeve–shaped tube is created from a small portion of the stomach and the majority of the stomach is removed.

Adjustable Gastric Band

The adjustable gastric band procedure assists in weight loss by limiting food intake.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure restricts food intake and shortens the digestive track by creating a small gastric pouch from the upper portion of the stomach.

Revisional Bariatric Surgery

Revisional bariatric surgery is performed to repair or change a previous weight loss surgery.

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