To us, patient safety is paramount. The first step in the bariatric surgery process is a meeting with a surgeon and the rest of the 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.

Are you a candidate for bariatric surgery?

At a recent web chat with 6ABC, Dr. Noel Williams, nurse practitioner Jacqui Zipay, and program manager Colleen Tewksbury discussed the qualifications for weight-loss surgery. 

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The Process

Our program is committed to delivering comprehensive care and providing each of our bariatric surgery patients with the tools for long-term success.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how bariatric surgery can help patients learn more about weight loss surgery options.

Bariatric Surgery Patient App

The Penn Life Gained app offers Penn Medicine's bariatric surgery patients an easy and secure way to track your individual journey through weight-loss surgery.

Long-Term Follow-Up Care

Each person's weight-loss surgery journey is unique, and the Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program is designed to individualize care at all stages of the process.

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